Butler to wear number 16 and is excited to don the infamous white cleats!
Wednesday morning the Oakland Athletics made official what everyone already knew. They have signed Billy Butler to a three-year $30 million deal with a $5 million signing bonus.
It’s official: Billy Butler is now a member of the Oakland #Athletics.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) November 19, 2014
So that part may be the ho-hum part of this little story but it now is where it gets interesting and fun (at least for A’s fans!)!
Butler who has worn the number 16 almost his entire career has convinced Josh Reddick to give it up! Reddick will now wear number 22.
Since everyone is wondering…. Here it is. pic.twitter.com/aX8c3Oj2Gy
— J-Red (@RealJoshReddick) November 19, 2014
I have to say I am a little shocked but that’s Josh being a good teammate! And according to Susan Slusser, Bulter says Josh will get a “nice gift” for his generosity.
“I’m looking forward to wearing them.”
For any of you non A’s fans, the A’s are the only team that wears white cleats in the entire league. So wearing them is a special honor, at least in my opinion!
Being that he’s already buddies with Reddick, the man in charge of pies who uses Wham’s Careless Whisper as his walk up song – means that Butler, as I predicted, will fit right in with the A’s.
How will the A’s be using Butler during the actual season? That’s a good question. Well, manager Bob Melvin said that he’ll be DHing, batting clean up against lefties and in the five spot against right-handers.
He went on to say that Bulter will also be getting plenty of playing time at first base. He also pointed out that when Butler played at first base the Royals did well.
Butler’s newest friend Reddick chimed in about Butler’s play as well saying that Butler completes the lineup and he is right. Finally the A’s will have real protection in the order and Melvin will be able to alternate left, right, left, right to mix it up.
Without the presence of Yoenis Cespedes and without production from Moss, Donaldson had no protection in the lineup during the second half of the 2014 season. Pitchers were able to just pitch around him. It was not the best of situations but problem solved!
Now they REALLY need to address the need for a middle infielder … like yesterday. Regardless of what the A’s need they have someone that they want and a need has been addressed.
Personally I am very excited about this acquisition by the A’s! Welcome to Oakland Billy! We are happy to have you! And personally, I’m stoked you like the white cleats (pretty badass, huh? LOL!).
Original Text: November 18, 2014
Billy Butler signs with Oakland for 3 years, $30 million
(this report has not been confirmed by the club yet but it will be!)
Great News for us A’s fans!!
Ok, tell me Oakland A’s fans, wouldn’t we all be stoked to pick up former Kansas City Royal Billy Butler?
I mean 90 percent of us rooted for the Royals in the World Series (those of us with a brain and/or true loyalty to the A’s and the American League did), right?!
So if you are like me then you kind of got to know the Royals’ players better throughout their playoff run, some the most magnetic being guys like Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Nori Aoki and …. Billy Butler!
Well, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports’ tweets that the Athletics are in “serious” talks with Butler.
Butler had said earlier, even after the Royals declined Butler’s 2015 option and making him a free agent, that he would like to remain with the same team he’s been with throughout his entire eight year big league career.
There was a chance for that but I have just now learned (as I am writing this!) from CBS Sports that Butler has signed a three-year $30 million deal with the Oakland A’s!
Now, this is a big contract for the A’s to give out. It’s around what last season’s highest paid players on the team have gotten. Left-hander Scott Kazmir, for example, was signed for two-years and $22 million last season.
Butler’s salary will be third on the team behind Kazmir and Coco Crisp who will, like Kazmir, earn $11 million in 2015.
Butler’s numbers are worthy of the A’s money however. At only 28 years old the designated hitter/first baseman Butler has been an All-Star, has a career batting average of .295 and has averaged 18 homers and 87 RBI a season over eight seasons.
In 2014 Butler had what you would call a “down” year but only for his standards. He still hit a well above average .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBI.
However, I don’t think that Butler’s skills are already in decline. No one has a great season every single year of their career.
As previously noted the player known as “Country Breakfast” in Kansas City is only 28 years old. Oakland will be a good fit for Butler in the clubhouse as well.
He seems like an easygoing, happy guy who loves the game and his team.
Even though that team used to be the Royals and is now the Athletics he just feels like a player who would fit in well with the Athletics.
Welcome to Oakland Billy Butler!!!