Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:23:02 -0800
The Kansas City Royals seem more likely to trade DH Billy Butler if they sign free-agent OF Carlos Beltran (Cardinals).
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:35:33 -0800
The Kansas City Royals are likely to look to trade longtime DH Billy Butler if they are able to strike a deal for free-agent OF Carlos Beltran (Cardinals). Butler, who has two years and $20 million left on his contract, has already drawn interest from several clubs.
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 13:18:14 -0800
The Kansas City Royals appear to be a long-shot to sign free-agent OF Carlos Beltran (Cardinals) but such a move would likely result in one or more trades being made to shed payroll. DH Billy Butler, several relievers or a few of the team's prospects could be dealt away if this happens.
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:11:40 -0800
The Seattle Mariners have some interest in trading for Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler. The Royals aren't rushing to deal him, however, but they'd be more inclined to consider it if they added another right-handed slugger to the lineup. Butler is owed $8 million next year and has a $12.5 million option for the 2015 season.
Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:07:37 -0700
The Kansas City Royals are willing to listen to trade offers for 1B Billy Butler this offseason. Butler is owed $8 million in 2014 and $12 million in 2015.
Sat, 03 Aug 2013 13:33:00 -0700
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer started in right field against the New York Mets Saturday, Aug. 3, with DH Billy Butler starting at first base. Manager Ned Yost wanted to have both Hosmer and Butler in the lineup in a National League stadium because C Salvador Perez was getting the day off. "It definitely affects your defense, but you can't have it both ways in a National League game, so you've got to pick what you need," Yost said before the game. "And then hopefully we can get the lead and we can readjust in the sixth inning and get our defensive alignment right. But we've got to have the lead first."
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:20:45 -0700
Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler is expected to sit the bench in all three games in a National League park this weekend, as the team will lose the designated hitter. The New York Mets will be starting three right-handed pitchers, which makes it easy to keep 1B Eric Hosmer at first base. Hosmer is hitting .308 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 48 games since June 7.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:49:02 -0700
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (groin) and 2B Chris Getz (knee) are expected to be available in the next few days. Also, 1B Billy Butler (neck) said he's feeling "a lot better" after playing with a stiff neck Tuesday, July 30. Cain felt fine while testing his groin in batting practice Tuesday, but he had more soreness later in the game. Getz isn't likely to play until Friday, Aug. 2.
Thu, 09 May 2013 16:29:17 -0700
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon has moved from the leadoff spot to third Thursday, May 9, with 1B Billy Butler hitting cleanup. "The most important two spots we have in the lineup right now should be manned by Gordy and Billy," manager Ned Yost said. "That's three and four. Everything else is interchangeable depending on who's hot and the matchups." The team's No. 4 hitter has ranked last in RBIs (seven), extra-base hits (six) and slugging percentage (.277), and they are ranked 29th among 30 teams with a .271 on-base percentage. SS Alcides Escobar is batting leadoff with OF Lorenzo Cain following him. Escobar prefers to hit second and has much more experience in that slot, but he doesn't have a problem hitting atop the order. 2B Chris Getz and OF Jeff Francoeur returned to the lineup Thursday, but they'll need to show production soon if they want to keep everyday jobs. Yost plans on using this new-look lineup for an extended period of time.
Fantasy Tip: Right now, Gordon and Butler are the team's best hitters, so it makes sense to put them in the biggest run-producing spots in the lineup. Yost also cited that it splits up his left- and right-handed bats in Gordon and Eric Hosmer and Butler and Mike Moustakas.
Wed, 08 May 2013 15:07:52 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is considering changing up his lineup in the near future that would possibly include moving OF Alex Gordon from leadoff to third in the lineup and increased playing time for OF Jarrod Dyson and 2B Elliot Johnson. Dyson started in center field Wednesday, May 8, and OF Lorenzo Cain shifted to right in place of struggling OF Jeff Francoeur. Johnson started for the second day over 2B Chris Getz. Gordon is hitting only .180 (9-for-50) when leading off an inning compared to .490 (24-for-49) with runners on base. Yost is considering Dyson, Cain or SS Alcides Escobar for options at leadoff. Moving Gordon to third in the lineup would allow 1B Billy Butler to return to the cleanup spot.
Fantasy Tip: This could have varying degrees of fantasy implications. For one, this will give Gordon more opportunities for RBIs, and it also should put Dyson on the radar of deep mixed gamers if Francoeur continues to lose out. Yost believes Eric Hosmer eventually deserves to be the three hitter, but he's holding off until he picks it up at the plate.