Billy Butler DH KC 1 Month

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the Athletics lost to the Royals 3-1.

Butler continues to hit, raising his Cactus League average to .375 in 32 at-bats. His power numbers declined last season but it was most likely an aberration.

Billy Butler DH KC 1 Month

Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored on Monday against the Mariners.

Butler has been swinging the bat well for the Royals in the Cactus League. Monday's effort boosted his spring average to .385. Last season, Butler posted a sub-.800 OPS for the first time since 2008, thanks to a noticeable loss of power, but should be able to make at least a partial recovery going forward.

Billy Butler DH KC 1 Month

Billy Butler will play more first base this season.

"I want to try to give him as much opportunity to play over there as I can," manager Ned Yost said Monday in Royals camp. Butler made only seven starts at first base in 2013. He made 150 starts at designated hitter. A little more time in the field should only boost his fantasy and free agent value.

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Royals general manager Dayton Moore said on Tuesday that Billy Butler trade rumors are "just all Hot Stove rhetoric."

"It's not different than you hear other players throughout the league who are potentially going to be moved," Moore said. Butler, who is owed an $8 million salary in 2014 and and $12 million in 2015, slashed .289/.374/.412 with 15 homers and 82 RBI in 162 games this past summer for Kansas City. The 27-year-old designated hitter smacked 29 homers in 2012. "We think Billy has been a terrific hitter, and Billy is a terrific hitter," Moore said. "And he's going to continue to hit. That's what Billy does."

Billy Butler DH KC 4 Months

Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail reports that the Blue Jays have discussed a trade with the Royals involving Billy Butler.

Blair says Toronto would receive "prospects plus Butler," but the talks haven't "moved beyond the discussion stage." It's not clear what Kansas City would receive in the deal. With Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind already on the roster as first base/DH options, the Blue Jays seems likely to trade for Butler only if they can also deal Lind.

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According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners are among the teams with interest in Billy Butler.

It seems like the M's have been connected to every available hitter, so this may simply be a case of due diligence. ESPN's Buster Olney reported in October that the Royals are willing to trade Butler, who is owed $8 million in 2014 and $12 million in 2015. The 27-year-old designated hitter batted .289/.374/.412 with 15 home runs and 82 RBI in 162 games this past summer for Kansas City.

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ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Royals are ready to listen to offers for Billy Butler.

The Royals would be selling somewhat low, as Butler only hit 15 homers this season after a career-high 29 in 2012. He's best suited as a DH, so the market could be limited, but the Royals figure to get some calls. Butler is still owed $8 million next season and $12 million in 2015.

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Billy Butler went went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and a run scored Friday in a win over the White Sox.

Butler had two RBI over his previous 12 games combined. He hasn't homered since August 27.

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Billy Butler went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.

Butler homered in his second straight game, giving him 14 on the year. The 27-year-old is red hot over his last five games, going 10-for-21 (.476) with four multi-hit games in that span. The streak has brought his season line up to .296/.388/.438.

Billy Butler DH KC 8 Months

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th homer against the Marlins on Monday.

Butler has found his stroke, going 12-for-25 with two homers and four doubles in his last six games. His OPS is up to .809, the highest it's been since mid-May, and we'd expect it to keep climbing.