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Billy Butler passed his test, grading on a curve

Billy Butler is the platoon first baseman, and he's doing just enough to stay in that role. At least for now. On Sunday, I proposed that the four games the A's were to play against left-handers Matt Moore, Derek Holland, Cole Hamels, and Martin Perez were Billy Butler's big test to show that he had some minimal value to this team. With those four games done, and considering the...
Via Athletics Nation
7 days ago

Billy Butler Has Good Game Against Texas

The Oakland Athletics haven’t seen many results from Billy Butler, but on Monday, he and the rest of the team played exactly how the A’s front office must have dreamed they would. If there ever was a game that went almost exactly the way Oakland Athletics’ Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Billy Beane and […] Oakland Athletics: Billy Butler Has Good Game Against...
Via Swingin' A's
9 days ago

Billy Butler Ran Into 10 Outs

Last season, Billy Butler ran into 10 outs. If you didn’t know that before, you definitely know that now. And if you’re anything like me, now that you know that, you want to know what happened. Boy have I got the post for you. It’s this post! I spent an embarrassing amount of time assembling different numbers. It wasn’t until I finished that I realized I didn’t really...
Via Fangraphs
March 24, 2016  |  Discuss

DH Billy Butler ready for comeback year with Athletics

MESA, Ariz. (AP) A grinning Billy Butler strolled into Oakland's spring training clubhouse early Saturday, a bright green Athletics duffel bag draped over his right shoulder to match his upbeat mood, then walked right up to pitcher Jesse Hahn and offered a fist bump. ''I'm an early guy, man,'' Butler declared. Indeed, he was among the first players to show up at Hohokam Stadium...
Via Associated Press
February 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Billy Butler, Oakland Athletics

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Billy Butler deal may not be totally crazy

At first glance, it seems crazy. A bad-body post-peak designated hitter that was under replacement last year… three years? $30 million? Billy Butler to the Athletics? A team that has never had three ten million dollar players on the roster at one time did so for the first time in order to sign a guy […]
Via Fangraphs
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: The case of Billy Butler

Royals’ Billy Butler seems to enjoy the game and have more success when playing in the field ( The first place Kansas City Royals have had success this year offensively in ways that are abnormal to most teams winning formulas. Designated hitter Billy Butler, the Royals supposed power supply, has struggled all season long to regain his form from 2012 when he...
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners talking to Royals about Billy Butler trade

A few years ago Billy Butler was snubbed in the Home Run Derby. Things have changed since that time with Butler looking nothing like the player he was in 2012. This year the 28-year-old Butler is hitting just .273/.325/.355 with three home runs and 36 RBI in 93 games. While the Kansas City Royals are considering adding pieces to their team ahead of the trade deadline, Butler may...
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Butler sees a power surge coming for him and the Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Perhaps no one is more perplexed about the Royals' offensive woes than Billy Butler, for years the team's most consistent and professional hitter. It's almost June, and Butler remains stuck on one home run, while hitting .240. And, of course, Butler isn't alone among the punchless Royals hitters -- the entire team has just 20 homers (they had 28 at this time last...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: The Billy Butler issue  

The Kansas City Royals have started the season at a mediocre 11-11. There is no need to panic but at the same time it may not be something to be overly excited about. However, the starting rotation has been a team strength and many of the young players on the team are beginning to play better as well. Although there are many bright spots on the roster and many reasons to be optimistic...
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

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