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Billy Butler doesn’t want to be traded, says Royals should pick up his $12.5 million option for 2015

Jul 18, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

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Billy Butler has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors recently, in part because he’s played poorly enough this season that picking up next year’s $12.5 million team option no longer seems like a no-brainer.

Today the 28-year-old designated hitter told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that he doesn’t want to be traded and he really hopes the Royals exercise that 2015 option to keep him around beyond this season.

Butler was once among the best young hitters in baseball, but his power never really developed past the 20-homer range. He suggested that the Royals should overlook his poor first half and consider his more impressive track record, but the problem is that his OPS has gone from .882 in 2012 to .787 in 2013 to .679 this year. For a guy with zero defensive value that simply doesn’t cut it, which is why the Royals are apparently open to trading him even if the likely return isn’t anything special.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I also want twelve-and-a-half million dollars for hanging around KC. Cash, cheque, direct deposit, or a sack full of pennies is just fine.

    • kiwicricket - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Sure. If you could please post your bank account details in this comments section, our accounts and payroll lady Nora will get back to you asap.


      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        I’ll need proof of your Nigerian Princeship first.

  2. vols84 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Start cranking out dingers big boy and the Royals will take care of you. No one wants a DH that can’t get it over the fence and has no wheels

  3. blingslade - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Wow, it sure seems that once these players get big GUARANTEED contracts they all a sudden stop producing. Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Melky, Frenchy, etc.

    Hmm..what could it possibly be?

    • raysfan1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Ok, I’ll bite. Here are the reasons for the 4 you listed…
      Pujols: age, injury, and that deal was an albatross the day it was signed
      Hamilton: injuries but actually playing well this year in case you hadn’t noticed
      Cabrera: injured last year, playing well this year
      Francouer: overrated his entire career

      • scoochpooch - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        For Pujols and Melky its the switch from NL to AL. That usually coincides with a steep drop in production.
        For Hamilton- he’s either injured or in rehab. such a terrible signing.

      • zzalapski - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        Melky accrued 4.4 WAR (his 2nd-best year) in 2011 for the Royals, who were in the AL the last time I checked.

  4. yahmule - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    No shock that a guy with a body that bad is already in decline when most players are peaking.

  5. bouncerquinn - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    It was an idiot who signed fat boy for that kind of money. He has never produced enough for what they pay him. It was a lot like the current POTUS getting a Nobel Peace Prize for his potential. A guy who does nothing but DH isn’t worth half of what they pay him for his production. Even when he was hitting over .300, he still killed more rallies with his bat than he started. He is among the league leaders in hitting into double plays, year in and year out. His hits with RISP is and has always lagged. I believe he had one year where he had more RBIs than LOB w/RISP!!

  6. jwbiii - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    If you to make that kind of money as a no glove DH, better hit like David Ortiz.

  7. petekc - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Long suffering…. And I do mean long and suffering Royals fan here…
    We like Billy Butler! We love Billy Butler! He is home grown. He is a great community guy.
    He is a man of character who cares about Kansas City and gives back to the community!
    That said , he was never worth the contract they last signed him to not will he be !
    At his very best he is a mediocre DH and clearly this year he isn’t at his best.
    No part of me believes he is worth 1/4 of what he is due next year .
    He should follow the example of Gil Meche who gave back to the Royals 12 million due to him.
    The Royals shopped and shopped and shopped Billy before the season began and based in his limited ability and his club killing contract got not even a nibble . Now he is hitting… Ummm… Is it three home runs thus far this season and 38 ribbies?
    I have to admit that his numbers are so bad now that I cover my eyes when they are displayed!

    Billy…. You’re killin me smalls!

    If you insist on staying..,. Renegotiate and take what you’re worth!!!

  8. flowermankc - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Please give Billy a million bucks just to go away right now!
    Bring up Christian Colon and let him D H did you see the three extra base hits in his first game?
    Other teams have put young players right in the lineup when they perform.

    We send them back. the catcher that came up, Francisco Pena?, and threw out a runner at second with a Perez like arm and we send him back and keep Hayes as a backup?
    What the heck is wrong with the baseball minds here
    Butler really is the face of this team and it ain’t pretty! Start thinking like baseball people and if you love Billy give him a box of donuts. Put a lid on the syrup love affair it is just stupid.

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