KANSAS CITY — A lot of Kansas City Royals fans will have to find a new favorite to cheer for.
Billy Butler, the Royals’ longtime thunder in the middle of the batting order, reportedly has signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Oakland A’s, the team the Royals defeated in a one-game wild-card play-in game.
Butler’s id="mce_marker"2.5 million option was not picked up by the Royals, who gave him a id="mce_marker" million buyout. They reportedly were trying to re-sign him at a lower cost.
The Royals reportedly were thinking 2 years at id="mce_marker"6 million total, but if all the reports are true — and many outlets are reporting this — Oakland’s offer was much too rich for Kansas City.
Butler was coming off a second straight down year, hitting just 9 homers and driving in 66 runs while batting .261. Known as “Country Breakfast” and easily one of most popular players in Royals history, Butler is still only 28 years even though he’s spent seven years in the majors.