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Billy Butler Newsbeat

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Yankees agree to deal with Billy Butler, source says | Newsday

If they wanted an old washed up guy, why didn’t they just keep Arod?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: billy butler, yankees

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Athletics release Billy Butler

The Athletics have released first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler, as first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Butler, 30, hit .276/.331/.403 with four home runs in 85 games in his second season with Oakland after signing a 3-year, $30 million deal last winter. The A’s will pay him almost $12 million next season as part of that contract.

Butler’s deal with Oakland was a puzzling one when completed, and the former Royal hit just .258/.325/.394 with 19 home runs in 236 games with the A’s. He will hit free agency once again this winter, hoping to gain a chance with a club looking for some offense. Any team that signs Butler will owe him only the league minimum salary next season, so he should draw some interest.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:54 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy butler

Monday, August 22, 2016

A’s clubhouse fight: Danny Valencia, Billy Butler altercation details

After the rep departed, the players said, Valencia confronted Butler and told him, “Don’t you ever loud talk me in front of a rep. That was wrong,” and walked aggressively toward Butler. Butler turned around, took a couple steps toward Valencia, and according to both witnesses, said, “I can say whatever I want and your b— ass isn’t going to do anything about it.”

One player said that the men leaned in, bumped heads and then started pushing each other, Valencia started swinging and hit Butler in the temple.

For the Turnstiles (andeux) Posted: August 22, 2016 at 05:20 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: billy butler, danny valencia, fights, oakland a's

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A’s Billy Butler hurt by Danny Valencia in altercation, sources say

Despite facing left-handed starters Saturday and Sunday, designated hitter Billy Butler was not in the lineup for the Athletics. Manager Bob Melvin said Butler was out sick due to nausea and vomiting, though he ruled out the flu.

There seems to be more to this story than a simple illness, however. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Butler was injured in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. No one with the A’s has commented on the incident. From Slusser:

“No comment,” Valencia said after the team’s 4-2 loss to the White Sox. “What happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse.”

Fair or not, Valencia has a reputation for being a clubhouse liability because he’s changed teams so often in his career.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2016 at 09:19 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy butler, clubhouse chemistry, danny valencia

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Butler befuddled with lack of playing time

Butler, one month into the second year of his three-year contract with Oakland, was on the bench again in Tuesday’s 8-2 loss against right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. He hasn’t started since Wednesday—a stretch of six straight games—and he’s appeared in the starting lineup only eight times in the team’s first 28 games.

“From my end,” Butler said Tuesday, “there’s no answers as to what’s going on. I’m just not playing.

“I’ve never been in this position before. I’ve played every day of my life from when I was 7 years old, so this is something new. I don’t even know how to exactly prepare for what I’m supposed to do because I’ve never had to do it, so I just try to treat it like I’ve treated everything else, like I’m a starter. I know I can do it in this game. There’s not a lack of confidence in my abilities.”

The A’s have avoided categorizing Butler as a strict platoon player, in part, he thinks, because “it’s hard for them to justify saying that because of my career splits.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy butler



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