Jun 30, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler (16) hits an RBI single against the Colorado Rockies during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Billy Butler will be hard to shop because of his high price tag. The A’s agreed to a three year, $30 million dollar contract with Butler in hopes that he would be a strong bat in the lineup as the DH. For a team that typically does not have an appointed designated hitter, this signing was definitely a head scratcher.
Unfortunately, Butler has been a huge disappointment so far this season. He has not produced offensively and is not great defensively when fielding at first base. It is clear that he is on a slow decline after eight years in the majors. Country Breakfast is a lovable character, but just not right for the Oakland Athletics.
The A’s may not be able to get much in return for Butler. But, if they can receive at least one player that would add quality depth to their farm system, then it may be worth it. Since the A’s do not need a specific player to be the DH and have much stronger batters in the lineup already, it is time to start shopping Butler to other teams.