Billy Butler 1B/DH KC 1 Day

Butler isn't in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

With Eric Hosmer back in the fold after nearly a month on the disabled list, Butler will hit the pine, at least for a day, while Raul Ibanez covers designated hitter. In the previous nine outings, Butler displayed power but little consistency at the plate, batting .206 (7-for-34) with two homers, five RBI, three runs, and two walks versus seven strikeouts.

Billy Butler 1B/DH KC 9 Days

Butler hit a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Butler accounted for all his team's offense, as Scott Baker and the Texas bullpen combined to hold the Royals to six hits. Butler, slashing .277/.326/.391 on the year, has now homered in two of his last three games.

Billy Butler 1B/DH KC 25 Days

Butler was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Kansas City's win over the Giants on Friday night.

Maybe he likes August - when the calendar turned, he turned it on - or maybe he likes playing first base - with Eric Hosmer back on the disabled list, he's been doing some of that too. Whatever the case may be, following a lackluster four months, Butler has become energized the past week or so, and is now hitting .279 with seven home runs and 47 RBI.

Billy Butler 1B/DH KC 28 Days

Butler went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

He's now gone 7-for-9 over the past two games. Butler helped ignite an eight-run fifth inning by launching a three-run shot, his sixth of the year. It hasn't been a good year for Butler, but he has been picking it up as of late. He's 14-for-35 with three home runs and eight RBI over his past 10 games.

Billy Butler 1B/DH KC 1 Month

Billy Butler had a three-hit afternoon against the Indians on Sunday, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss.

Since Royals manager Ned Yost called Butler out on Thursday, the designated hitter has responded by collecting six hits in nine at-bats with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored. In Sunday's game, Butler scored the first run of the game and later delivered an RBI double in the sixth inning. His recent onslaught has raised his line to .273/.326/.370 and may give Yost second thoughts about taking playing time away from the talented 28-year-old.

Billy Butler 1B/DH KC 1 Month

Billy Butler homered for the second consecutive night as the Royals beat the Indians 7-5 on Saturday.

Butler's two-run fifth-inning blast put Kansas City ahead for good. He also hit a big go-ahead two-run homer on Friday and may be starting to come alive for the Royals, who badly need such a burst. The 28-year-old designated hitter owns a disappointing .268/.322/.363 slash line and only five total homers this year.

Billy Butler 1B/DH KC 1 Month

Billy Butler hit a pinch-hit go-ahead two-run homer in a 6-4 win over the Indians on Friday night.

The clutch blast came with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was just his fourth home run of the season. While the 28-year-old played the role of hero for the Royals on this night, he's been one of the game's most disappointing players with a weak .266/.320/.353 batting line.

Billy Butler 1B/DH KC 1 Month

Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Billy Butler will lose playing time in the designated hitter spot in the coming days.

It's probably overdue, as Butler has struggled mightily with a .266/.321/.346 batting line and three homers this season and has hit just .234/.286/.313 this month. The 28-year-old is probably droppable in most mixed leagues at this point. Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez will pick up the extra at-bats in the DH spot.

Billy Butler 1B/DH KC 1 Month

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.'"

Billy Butler 1B/DH KC 2 Months

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.