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Billy Butler is available

Oct 22, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

Need a DH? Don’t mind spending $20 million for a guy whose best years are likely behind him? Call Dayton Moore today:


Butler is coming off his worst season, in which he hit .289/.374/.412.  That’s still useful, particularly in the OBP department, but that’s a lot of money to pay for a guy with no defensive value.

  1. chip56 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    As an aside, someone asked me a question a few days ago, “What are the current trends/phrases that have been overplayed and are ready to go away?”

    Some of the answers were phrases like: Wall Street vs. Main Street. Others were trends like molecular gastronomy (which is using chemicals to mask the fact that you’re a crappy chef by making the food more interesting looking but not better tasting) and another one was “the snarky sports blogger.”

    I tend to agree – if your posts are little more than a quick quote or stat or something and then a lot of words tearing apart the origin of that quote or validity of the stat; well I could do that…it’s like lazy Seinfeld comedy or something.

    Anyway, just thought I would throw that out there.

    • sportsdrenched - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      You have a wordpress account…get after it then.

    • Reflex - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Um, so you know nothing about cooking or blogging. Go it.

      Side note: Add butter or salt to your dish. Congrats, you just engaged in molecular gastronomy.

      • chip56 - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Actually that’s seasoning. Using liquid nitrogen, which adds no flavor but can make soup crunchy, is gastronomy

      • Reflex - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        What the f*ck do you think seasoning actually is? Also, why is texture unimportant in your concept of cooking? As a former cook myself I can tell you its of paramount importance. If you believe otherwise, feel free to put all your food in a blender and drink it!

        All molecular gastronomy is is an attempt to approach cooking with the same kind of scientific precision that other fields are engaged in, which has the benefit of better understanding of what makes food pleasureable as well as making recipes more reproducible(and ingredients substitutable).

  2. posterkid88 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Billy Butler is 27 years old and is scheduled to make $8 million next year and $12.5 million with a $1 million team buy out in 2015.

    He may be the slowest payer in baseball and can only play 1b.

  3. sportsdrenched - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    In other words the Royals Front Office doesn’t have a real good gage on the market…any market and we’ll be hearing that they’re asking for too much in return later this fall. Just like we heard with Luke Hochevar last spring. And Soria before that.

    While I don’t think any Royals player should be immune to a trade. I think it also shows that the front office hasn’t determined how they want to go about fixing the holes in the Royals roster this off-season. I sort of find that troubling.

  4. jb8588 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Yeah me may be the slowest player in baseball and all that, but the guy can hit. I don’t believe his best days are behind him at all, and he would be an upgrade to quite a few teams in the DH spot or even at 1B.

    • jb8588 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:46 PM


    • shawnuel - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      I agree. Not sure why, at 28 next season) he would be on the downward slope of his career. He had a bad season. Low Babip and a LOT of ground balls. His FB ratio totally died. Average regression might not mean the 29 HR he hit in 2012 but I can see a .300 BA and 25 HR as not being a pipe dream at all. 20 mil for 2 seasons of that isn’t so bad.

      • dan1111 - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Yeah, and in his “bad” season he still had a 116 OPS+. Seems like he would be a useful pickup for many teams. Which raises the question, why the heck does KC want to trade him away? They are in “hey, we actually have a slight chance to win now” mode.

  5. pdowdy83 - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Craig, on what basis do you come to the conclusion his best days are behind him? It isn’t like he is 33 or 34. He will play next year at age 28. He was still worth 1.4 WAR with last year even during his down season which puts him at being worth about $7 million last year. He had a career low fly ball rate and by far a career high ground ball rate this year which attributed to his lower slugging percentage. 2013 could very well be an aberation based on that alone. He only has 1 year left on his contract with an option for 2015. Not quite $20 million gauranteed like the post reads. If he repeats 2013 again in 2014 the team that acquires will have barely overpaid him contract wise and they can cut bait for 2015. The real question is what Dayton Moore is asking for in return.

    I would take Butler if I were the Orioles or Rangers. He could put up some large numbers playing in one of those parks on a regular basis.

  6. braddavery - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    “…whose best years are likely behind him?”

    28 years old with no defensive wear and tear on this 2012 All Star’s career hitting .298 body. Yep, his career is almost over. lol

  7. stinkfist5 - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I’m sure Buck Showalter wouldn’t mind pencilling in Butler to his lineup everyday…but will Angelos and Duquette be willing to spend the dough? Probably not.

  8. weaselpuppy - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Billy Butler, from the looks of it, is pretty experienced in molecular gastronomy….

    • Reflex - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      Yeah, but everything he eats is unseasoned…

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