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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Billy Butler would be willing to renegotiate deal to stay in KC next season

When Billy Butler thinks about next season and ponders the possibility of not being in a Royals uniform, he quickly tries to think of something else.

“It would definitely be painful,” Butler tells FOXSportsKansasCity.com.

Butler is in the final season of a four-year, $30 million deal he signed in 2011. There is an extended year to the deal, but it is a club option valued at $12.5 million with a $1 million buyout.

The Royals, naturally, won’t comment on their plans with Butler now. But it seems highly unlikely they would exercise the option at that price.

And that means this could be Butler’s last season with the Royals, the only team he has known since they drafted him out of high school 10 years ago. He is fully aware of this, of course.

“Absolutely,” he says. “This game is a business. I know what my job is for now and through the rest of the season. After that, who knows? That is what happens when you have an expiring contract.

“Any player with any team who has to go through that uncertainty knows what I’m talking about. But you just focus on each night and try to play the game right and then ...”

Butler’s voice trails off as if not to think of the future. Make no mistake, he wants to stay with the Royals….

And Butler has always dreamed of playing his entire career in Kansas City, just like George Brett did. And, in fact, Butler has borrowed Brett’s oft-used line that “everything I have in life I have because of the Royals.”

That is why Butler said he would be willing to take less money in a renegotiated deal just to stay with the Royals.

“I would definitely be more than happy to make that an option,” he says. “I’d do it because I love playing here. It’s all I have ever known. There’s been a lot of tough years, but there have been a lot of good memories, too.

“I don’t want to let that go. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM | 31 comment(s)
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