Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:09:30 -0800
Oakland Athletics DH Billy Butler will serve as the designated hitter this year against right-handed pitchers, and he'll also play some first base against lefties. 1B Ike Davis will be the primary first baseman against righties, but 1B Mark Canha could also see some time at the position.
Fantasy Tip: Butler's move to O.co Coliseum likely won't be good for his power numbers after he clubbed only nine homers last year in KC in 151 games. Butler also saw a career low average of .271. He's not very intriguing for mixed league owners at a position that is ripe with power. Davis' platoon problems likely make him strictly an AL-only commodity.
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:43:03 -0800
Oakland Athletics 1B Ike Davis (illness) said he's feeling stronger this year than he has the last few years that he dealt with Valley Fever. "Valley fever is a nightmare," Davis said. "You have no energy, no nothing. It was definitely a weird one. It's supposed to go away on its own, but when I had an X-ray last year, it showed I still had it. I'm hoping that's over and done with." There's no guarantee that Davis will get 500-600 at-bats this year, though. Right now, Davis is slated to start against left-handed pitchers, with DH Billy Butler playing first against righties.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:23:57 -0800
The Kansas City Royals had a chance to match the three-year, $30 million offer free-agent 1B Billy Butler received from the Oakland Athletics, but the team passed.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:28:20 -0800
Free-agent DH Billy Butler (Royals) agreed in principal to sign a three-year, $30 million deal with the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Nov. 18, according to a high-ranking baseball official with direct knowledge of the situation.
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:37:09 -0800
The Kansas City Royals are meeting with the representation for free-agent 1B Billy Butler (Royals) at the general manager meetings Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 10:36:57 -0800
If the Kansas City Royals do not re-sign free-agent DH Billy Butler, they may consider having OF Alex Gordon and C Salvador Perez split time at the position in an attempt to keep their bats in the lineup while giving them rest defensively.
Sun, 02 Nov 2014 04:21:06 -0800
Although the Kansas City Royals declined DH Billy Butler's option, Butler has expressed an interest in finishing his career with the team. The Royals would also like to bring him back at a lesser salary.
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 11:09:18 -0700
Confirming a previous report, the Kansas City Royals have declined their $12.5 million option on DH Billy Butler for the 2015 season, making him a free agent. He will receive a $1 million buyout.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:55:08 -0700
Kansas City Royals DH Billy Butler's 2015 team option is expected to be declined by the organization, according to sources. The deadline to make a decision is Saturday, Nov. 1.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:07:56 -0700
Kansas City Royals DH Billy Butler's $12 million option for 2015 is not expected to be picked up.