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Report: Mariners, Orioles targeting Billy Butler

Dec 3, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

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Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star says both the Mariners and Orioles are showing strong interest in Royals designated hitter Billy Butler.

Dutton sees the Mariners as the more likely trade partner, what with their stockpile of arms that includes Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton.

The Orioles also have some arms to deal from, such as Zach Britton and Chris Tillman, but their group isn’t quite as attractive as Seattle’s.

Most believe that the Royals will trade for a starter, probably using either Butler or top prospect Wil Myers. It’s doubtful that they’ll part with both.

If the Mariners acquired Butler, it’d seem to alter the plan that currently calls for Jesus Montero to get most of his time at DH next year. Montero could instead split time between catcher and first base and eventually become the regular first baseman if Justin Smoak fails to take a step forward.

  1. psuravens19 - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Lets get this done DD, would love to see Butler in an O’s uniform!

  2. sportsdrenched - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I’ve wanting GMDM to pull the trigger on a stars/prospects for an ace pitcher for two years. Do it! Just don’t screw it up.

    • Paul White - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Nothing wrong with that thinking, but show me the “ace” in this speculation.

  3. tuberippin - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Mariners make sense, as they have an abundance of pitching prospects; six or seven of their top 10 prospects for 2013 are pitchers. The Orioles, on the other hand…they’d obviously be foolish to part with Dylan Bundy. I think they might be able to pry Butler from KC for, say, Kevin Gausman + Nicky Delmonico & a lower-level prospect. Just spitballing on that, though.

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