Billy Butler agreed to a three-year, $30M deal with the Athletics.
Butler owns a career on-base percentage of .359, so he is going to fit right in with the Athletics' style of play. At $10 million per year, Butler could turn out to be quite a bargain, but he is going to need to start hitting fewer singles and more extra-base hits. The player known as "Country Breakfast" clocks in at 240 pounds and only managed to go deep nine times last season while mostly serving as Kansas City's DH. The good news here is that Butler always stays healthy; he's never played less than 151 games over the past six seasons. The bad news is that his numbers have been progressively worse over the past two seasons. The A's are hoping that Butler will get back on track and if he does, he will turn out to be a nice middle round bargain pick next spring.
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