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16 Billy Butler DH
Height/Weight: 6-1/240 | Birthdate: 4/18/1986 | Birthplace: Orange Park, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $8,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 81/66 | Average Draft Position: 124.87
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Billy Butler lone bright spot for Royals Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler was the lone bright spot for his team on Sunday against the Rangers in Arlington.

Butler took Scott Baker deep for a solo home run in the fourth inning. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 3-1 defeat. He owns a .277/.326/.391 slash line with nine home runs and 54 RBI over 470 at-bats.

Hitters to start in Week 21


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? Kurt Suzuki, Billy Butler, Kolten Wong, Martin Prado, Danny Santana and Kole Calhoun might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Billy Butler homers, drives in three runs Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 4-2 win over the Giants Friday.

Butler began the game with a monster two-run, first-inning home run to left field that traveled an estimated 437 feet. He then broke a 2-2 tie with his RBI single in the sixth. Butler has gone 11 for 19 in his last five games, boosting his line to .279/.328/.389 with seven home runs and 47 RBI in 409 at-bats.


Billy Butler falls triple short of cycle in Tuesday rout


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Embattled Royals first baseman Billy Butler continued to emerge from a slump Tuesday night with an offensive explosion in Arizona.

Butler singled in the third, slammed a three-run homer in the fifth, singled in the sixth and doubled and scored in the ninth. He has seven hits in his last two games after suffering through a 1-for-17 slide. It was his first four-hit game since he smacked five hits on Sept. 5 against Seattle.


Billy Butler back in funk and back on bench


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Ned Yost said after Billy Butler tore it up against Cleveland last weekend that the designated hitter would be in the lineup for the Royals as long as he continued to hit.

Well, Butler did not continue to hit this week and is out of the lineup for the Thursday night game against Minnesota. Butler is hitless in the first two games of the series. His stat line sits at a mediocre .271/.323/.366.


Ned Yost: Billy Butler is our DH if he continues to hit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is still under the miscroscope despite his recent surge. He must keep hitting to remain a starter.

"If Billy keeps hitting, Billy's going to DH," Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star.

Butler played the role of hero in the weekend series against Cleveland with six hits, including two home runs, and five RBI to help his team win three of four. But he took the collar Tuesday night.


Billy Butler slugs fifth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 7-5 win over the Indians Saturday.

Butler hit his second home run in as many days Saturday, and he made his fifth appearance at first base over the past week as Eric Hosmer continues to nurse a hand injury. Butler has hit .268/.322/.363 with five home runs and 40 RBI in 369 at-bats.


Embattled Billy Butler blasts off to play hero in victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler has lost his full-time starting job, so he took out his frustration on a baseball in the eighth inning of a Friday night win against Cleveland.

Butler ripped a John Axford pitch an estimated 455 feet into the left field seats for his fourth home run. The two-run rocket broke a 4-4 tie and proved to be the game-winner. The pinch-hit gave him just four hits in his last 24 at-bats.


Frequent benchings begin as Billy Butler out of Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Despite the continued absence of injured Eric Hosmer from the Royals lineup Friday against Cleveland, designated hitter Billy Butler is not playing. That indicates how far he has fallen in the eyes of Ned Yost.

Yost has already announced that Butler will be losing playing time. The one-time slugger has just one hit in his last 15 at-bats and owns a stat line of .264/.319/.343 that pales in comparison to those compiled in seasons past.


Royals announce DH plans for coming days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters that Billy Butler will lose some time as a designated hitter moving forward, the Kansas City Star reports Thursday. Yost is expected to give Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez some reps at DH in the near future.

Billy Butler out, Danny Valencia in Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Royals have benched designated hitter Billy Butler on Wednesday against the White Sox in favor of Danny Valencia. Butler continues to struggle, particularly in regard to his power numbers. He has just one home run since June 14 and three doubles since June 19. His .267/.320/.347 stat line pales in comparison to those he has compiled in previous seasons.

Billy Butler willing to renegotiate deal to remain with Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is due a $12.5 million club option for 2015 or a $1 million buyout, but he indicated Monday that he'd be willing to renegotiate the deal to remain in Kansas City, MLB.com reports.

"If the option doesn't work, I'd be more than happy to renegotiate in any type of way. I've always said that," Butler said on Monday. "I've been with the Royals for my whole career so why wouldn't I? It's all I've ever known and I love it here. I never said anything about, 'Oh, it's my option year, take it or leave it.'"

Butler is in the middle of a down season, hitting just .269/.320/.348 with three home runs and 36 RBI in 353 at-bats. He has averaged just shy of 20 home runs over the last five seasons while never failing to post a batting average below .289.


Report: Mariners showing interest in trade for Billy Butler


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) The Mariners have talked to the Royals about trading for DH Billy Butler, according to ESPN. Butler had a disappointing first half, batting .273 with three home runs and 36 RBI in 93 games.

Billy Butler stays hot with season-best three RBI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Royals DH Billy Butler continued his hot streak at the plate, totaling a season-best three RBI in an 11-8 win Monday at Detroit. He now has four multi-RBI games in his last six outings.

Butler totaled all three RBI on a bases-clearing double off Justin Verlander in the fifth inning. He is batting .455 (10 for 22) with one home run, two doubles and 10 RBI during a six-game hit streak.

Butler has been on a good run offensively over the last month. He is batting .327 with a .374 on-base percentage and .810 OPS in his last 28 games. However, his power is still down, as he has just one home run in that span and two home runs in 69 games.


Billy Butler finally blasts second homer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler achieved Saturday what he achieved by mid-April last season - he hit his second home run of the year.

Butler contributed to a rout of the White Sox with a two-run homer in the ninth. He had also singled and scored in the fourth in continuing a hot streak. He has hit in nine of his last 10 games with 12 hits in his last 35 at-bats. His .261 average is at its highest point of the season.


Royals name Dale Sveum as new hitting coach


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) The Royals have named Dale Sveum as the team's new hitting coach, according to the Kansas City Star.

The Royals have been one of the biggest disappointments on offense. The team is currently last in the majors with 21 home runs. While they feature the lowest strikeout rate in the league, the team is also near the bottom of the league in walk rate. The Royals' team on-base percentage is just .306, one of the lowest figures in the league.

Nearly every player on the club has declined offensively. After a strong spring, Mike Moustakas was demoted to the minors. Both Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer have each only hit one home run. Sveum will now be tasked with turning around those players.


Billy Butler produces first three-hit game of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler enjoyed his first three-hit game of the season Sunday afternoon against the Orioles.

Butler got things going offensively with an RBI single off starter Ubaldo Jimenez in the opening frame. He singled in the fifth and doubled in the seventh. He finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI in an 8-6 victory. He raised his average from .283 to .294 on the year. He has one home run and 16 RBI in 154 at-bats.


Billy Butler relegated to fifth spot in lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler has been pushed down beyond the cleanup spot for the first time since he batted sixth on April 20. He will hit fifth Friday night against Baltimore.

Butler has struggled most of the season. He has just five hits in his last 29 at-bats and hasn't homered since May 2. He owns a slugging percentage of .296, which is 104 points under the worst he has compiled in a full season.


Billy Butler worried time off will cool hot bat


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is worried that the time he spent on the bench in San Diego will cool his hot bat, according to the Kansas City Star.

Butler did not start any game during the series, but appeared as a pinch-hitter in each game. After struggling to open the season, Butler had performed well during the team's last homestand, and thought he was starting to come around at the plate. After the time off, he has some concerns. "The way to cool a hot hitter off is to not give him at-bats," he said. "Hopefully that’s not what happens. There’s nothing I can do about that.”

While manager Ned Yost had hinted at Butler seeing more time at first when a left-hander was on the mound, that wasn't the case during the San Diego series. The club faced two lefties. Butler sat both games. Moving forward, it looks like he'll be used primarily as a pinch-hitter in National League parks.


Billy Butler still worth stashing or streaming


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(5/6/2014) Locked in a massive funk all season long, Billy Butler has seen his activation rate in CBSSports.com leagues steadily plummet. Though Butler is currently owned in 79 percent of our leagues, he is starting in only 42 percent after boasting an 84 percent start rate in Week 1.

Though Butler's stats have been in decline over the last two seasons, he has continued to perform well at home. Butler owns an .836 OPS at Kauffman Stadium this season and posted an .866 mark there last season. He is one of a handful of fringy players whom I highlighted in a recent blog post on players with lopsided home/road splits. As with the other players included in that post, Butler offers enough in some weeks -- namely those in which he plays all of his games at home -- to be worth stashing on your bench or streaming off waivers in shallower leagues.

For example, in Fantasy Week 7 (May 12-18), Butler will play all six games at the Royals' home park, and better yet, he'll face the Rockies and Orioles, who don't feature the most fearsome of pitching staffs. This should be a particularly good week to get Butler back in your lineup.


Billy Butler finally hits first home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler clubbed his first home run Friday against the Tigers.

In his second at-bat of the game, Butler took a 90 mph fastball from Rick Porcello out to left for the solo shot. It was Butler's only hit of the game. He finished 1 for 4, with one run and one RBI. Butler is hitting .236 through 106 at-bats.


Hitters to sit in Week 6


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/2/2014) What do A.J. Pierzynski, Adam LaRoche, Brandon Phillips, Marcus Semien, Everth Cabrera and Brett Gardner have in common? They're all "sits" for Fantasy Week 6 (May 5-11). Billy Butler didn't qalify for the list as a DH-only player, but he's not so advisable either with the Royals playing three games at San Diego to open the week.

Of course, whether or not you can actually sit them depends on your league type and the alternatives available to you. For the reasons why you might sit them and a list of possible replacements, check out Start and Sit Hitters for Week 6.


Billy Butler drives in two Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler drove in two runs Friday against the Orioles.

Butler got things going early, hitting an RBI single in the first inning. He also clubbed a double in the ninth inning, driving in the final run of the game. Butler made out in his other three plate appearances.

He finished 2 for 5, with no runs scored and two RBI. Butler is hitting just .207, and has driven in eight runs on the year.


Billy Butler will bat cleanup again Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler batting sixth in Sunday's loss to Minnesota on Sunday, but is expected to return to the cleanup spot Monday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Butler went 2 for 4 with a pair of singles in an 8-3 defeat. He is hitting .149 with just five RBI in 47 at-bats this season at the cleanup spot.

Billy Butler finally goes for extra bases


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler told MLB.com before Saturday's game he has been feeling better at the plate recently. He went out and proved it in the game, as he picked up his first extra-base hit of the season in a 5-4 win over the Twins.

Butler went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to four games. He clubbed a double and scored a run in the game, told reporters he is where he wants to be at the plate after opening the season with an extended cold streak.

"That's where I need to stay. That's what got me to this point," Butler said. "That's where I need to stay and that's what I'm going to do. Got to stay there."  

Even after picking up two hits, Butler is hitting just .193/.273/.211 in 57 at-bats. He hit .289 with 41 extra-base hits a year ago.