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Billy Butler said Monday that he would be willing to renegotiate his contract, which currently includes a $12.5 million club option for 2015.

The Royals seem unlikely to exercise the option given Butler's struggles this season, but the designated hitter is willing to redo his deal in order to remain in Kansas City. He's making $8 million this season. "If the option doesn't work, I'd be more than happy to renegotiate in any type of way. I've always said that," Butler said. "I've been with the Royals for my whole career so why wouldn't I? It's all I've ever known and I love it here. I never said anything about, 'Oh, it's my option year, take it or leave it.'"

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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners have talked to the Royals about a possible trade for Billy Butler.

The Mariners are looking far and wide for a bat, but they'd be buying low on Butler. While he has shown some signs of life since early June, he has hit just three home runs through 93 games this season. The Mariners have also reportedly showed interest in Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd.

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Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a three-run double Monday versus the Tigers.

Butler has 10 hits and 10 RBI in his last six games, and he's batting .367 over his last 17 games. More homers would be nice, though he did finally hit his second on Saturday, but at least he is hitting again.

Billy Butler DH KC 1 Month

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

It was his second home run of the season and his first since May 2. Butler is 7-for-16 (.438) with seven RBI over his last four games, so perhaps he's finally coming out of his season-long slumber.

Billy Butler DH KC 1 Month

Billy Butler had a two-run single and finished 2-for-4 in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

Butler had two singles in his four at-bats, bringing his line up to .253/.303/.319. He's still sorely lacking in the power department, though -- Butler is stuck on one home run, which he hit on May 2, and the two runs batted in gave him 23 RBI on the year. It's not fun owning virtually any of the Royals for fantasy purposes these days.

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Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with three runs scored in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.

Butler walked twice and doubled, coming around to score all three times he was on base in the game. Country Breakfast is now 7-for-12 with two doubles and six runs scored in his last three games. He's been unable to find any consistent success at the plate thus far this season, but his recent performance has his line up to .253/.311/.321. We may be seeing Butler awake from his offensive slumber at long last.

Billy Butler DH KC 2 Months

Billy Butler had a second straight three-hit game Monday against the White Sox.

Butler has upped his average from .227 to .252 by going 6-for-9 the last two days. He's still stuck on one homer for the year, but things are looking up.

Billy Butler DH KC 2 Months

Billy Butler went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored versus the Orioles on Sunday.

Butler is hitting .268 with eight RBI in 17 games this month after finishing April at .224 with eight RBI in 26 games. So, it's an improvement. His fantasy value will remain limited until he starts hitting some homers again, but even baby steps are appreciated at this point.

Billy Butler DH KC 2 Months

Billy Butler's struggles continued in Friday's loss to the Orioles with an 0-for-4 performance.

Butler now has one hit in his last 16 plate appearances. The DH has not been able to get it going this season, only recently getting his OPS over .600. But Friday's performance drops it back down to .572. It goes without saying that Butler needs to pick it up sooner rather than later.

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Billy Butler clubbed his first home run of the 2014 season in Friday's loss to the Tigers.

His homer, a line drive to left field off Rick Porcello in the fourth inning, was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. He's hitting a paltry .236/.291/.302 with 11 RBI on the season and has been a big factor in the Royals early season struggles.