After hitting a career low fifteen home runs in 2013, the Kansas City Royals are apparently open to moving on from first baseman Billy Butler, this according to ESPN’s Buster Olney who says the team will listen to offers on the All-Star first baseman/designated hitter.
Royals ready to talk about Billy Butler deal for teams that would take on DH owed $8 million in ’14, $12m in 2015.
Of course, the Royals would be selling at a bargain basement price considering just a season ago, Butler clubbed 29 home runs, knocking in 107 RBI, this while hitting .313 in the process.
What exactly the Royals are looking for in return is unknown, though, it should be be noted that the Royals aren’t actively attempting to trade him – just open to doing so, if an offer presented itself.
Given his problems on the defensive side of the ball, it’s likely his market will be limited to mainly American League teams and the return will likely depend on how much of Butler’s contract would be picked up by the Royals.
Butler is a career .298 hitter through 363 games.