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Kendrys Morales: A Gamble on Baseball’s Rhythms

In the weeks when between Billy Butler‘s contract was bought out and today, with Kendrys Morales brought to Kansas City on a two-year, $17 million deal, the Royals ranked dead-last in FanGraphs’ projected Designated Hitter Depth Charts. Not dead-last amongst American League teams: Dead. Last. Less projected WAR from their DH spot than 15 NL […]
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Butler: Very Talented At Sitting Around

A few weeks ago, Eno tried to make sense of Oakland’s Billy Butler signing by wondering about the holistic impact that Butler will have in the A’s lineup. Eno mentions the designated hitter penalty before examining how Butler could very well help the A’s by adding variation to their ratios of ground balls and fly […]
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

All it took for Billy Butler to get his #16? A new winch!

New Oakland Athletics DH Billy Butler really wanted his #16 back. The problem is, Josh Reddick already has that number. Like we often see in situations like this, trades happen so the player can get his number back. All it took for Butler to get his #16? A new winch for Reddick. Hey @BillyButlerOAK thanks for the winch! Fair trade for a number I believe!
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Why are the Oakland A’s stocking up on first basemen?

Ike Davis This weekend, the Oakland A’s acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates. This signing comes less than a week after the Athletics signed designated hitter and first baseman Billy Butler. Many are confused as to why the Oakland A’s are signing more first basemen when they already have Brandon Moss, Kyle Blanks, Stephen Vogt, Nate Freiman and now Butler...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Is Billy Butler a good fit?

Billy Butler This past week, the Oakland A’s signed ex-Kansas City Royal Billy Butler to a three year, $30 million deal. Even though Butler has a quality bat, it is curious that the Athletics would sign Butler to a multi-year deal instead of dealing with some of the more obvious problems in the middle infield and in left field. So, is Butler a good fit of the Oakland A’s...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

How Did Billy Butler Take His Extra Bases?

Remember when Billy Butler stole a base against the Angels in the playoffs? Of course you do. It was beautiful and it was absurd, and it psychologically cemented the notion that there was nothing the Angels could do to slow the Royals down. Even Billy Butler was having his way, however he wanted to. It […]
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: Adam LaRoche edition

First baseman Adam LaRoche could be a valuable asset to the Royals in 2015 (washingtonpost). The Kansas City Royals had a glaring hole at the designated hitter position last season when Billy Butler hit only nine home runs while driving in only 66 runs all season. With Butler’s departure to Oakland yesterday, the Royals have stated they may rotate starters for rest in the DH position...
29 days ago  |  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
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Billy Butler, A’s Agree To Three-Year Deal Worth $30 Million

OAKLAND, Calif. — Free-agent designated hitter Billy Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the A’s had not announced the deal, their typical practice until a new player passes a physical. Butler would provide a right...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

KC church has great response to Billy Butler's stolen base

God gave Moses only ten commandments.  Ten.  It’s okay to break one, right?  According to a Kansas City area church, Billy Butler is still free to receive communion on Sunday despite breaking one of the most basic.  Check it out (via Beth Jones/@bethalma on Twitter) Thou shall not.. #exceptions @royals @BillyButlerKC — Beth Jones (@bethalma) October...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

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