Jul 28, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (16) hits a single against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Kansas City 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Royals, Mariners talked Billy Butler trade

The Seattle Mariners have been looking for a right handed power bat for quite some time. Why that has lead them to Billy Butler is a bit of an unknown considering the first baseman/designated hitter isn’t exactly much of a power threat at this stage of his career, though he’s still a solid hitter.

Given that, it’s understandable as to why the Seattle Mariners have shown interest in the Kansas City Royals veteran who seems very likely to change zip codes come the upcoming MLB trade deadline.

Billy Butler has been the subject of trade talk for years, routinely hearing his name on the chopping block come every July. Despite the lack of pop in his bat, Butler remains a solid contact hitter and given the offensive woes experienced by the Seattle Mariners first basemen this season, he’d be a solid upgrade who shouldn’t cost must in terms of prospects.

In addition to being linked to Billy Butler, the Seattle Mariners have also expressed interest in Marlon Byrd of the Philadelphia Phillies who would provide them with the right handed power they desire in comparison to Butler who brings on base percentage.

Salaries shouldn’t make too much of an impact for the Mariners as they’ve quickly emerged as one of the more financially stable teams in baseball, so it’s simply going to be a matter of prospects and availability.

Seattle will likely need an upgrade or two in effort to keep up with the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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  • Tyler_KC_Fan

    Any rumor as to who the Royals may get in return?

  • Geogman

    Both clubs need to upgrade their offense so what player could the Mariners give us in a trade that would improve our offense and why would a team needing offense trade such a player? I am not a big Billy fan but I don’t see that Seattle has anything to give us in return that makes us any better this year unless its’ Cano. It would have to be a multiple player multiple team trade and no one is talking about that. Fact of the matter is Butler has to hit for us the second half of the season if we are going to have a shot at the playoffs.