Earlier this month, it was reported that the Kansas City Royals were willing to listen to trade offers for designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler, which apparently has the Seattle Mariners intrigued.
The 27-year-old Butler had another solid offensive season for the Royals in 2013, posting a .289 average with 15 home runs and 82 RBI though with free agency looming after 2015, the Royals may be trying to squeeze out every drop of value in regards to Butler.
Multiple teams have reportedly expressed interest in Butler, which includes the aforementioned Mariners according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
The Royals are reluctant to move Butler, their biggest right-handed threat in a lineup that leans left with Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. But the addition of a right-handed replacement likely would alter the club’s thinking, and the Mariners are among the teams that covet Butler, according to a major-league source.
Butler is due $8 million dollars for the 2014 season and $12.5 for the 2015 season, though, can be bought out for $1 million dollars.
The Mariners’ interest grew further when Kendrys Morales rejected their $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer.