|Nov. 19 9:24 PM PT10:24 PM MT11:24 PM CT12:24 AM ET0:24 ET5:24 GMT13:24 10:24 PM MST12:24 AM EST12:54 AM VEN9:24 UAE11:24 PM CT-The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms on a $30 million, three-year contract with Butler through the 2017 season.
Analysis: Butler helped the Kansas City Royals reach the World Series last month after a 29-year playoff drought. In the postseason opener, they rallied late to eliminate Oakland in the AL wild-card game. Butler contributed two hits and two RBIs.
|Nov. 1 10:28 AM PT11:28 AM MT12:28 PM CT1:28 PM ET13:28 ET17:28 GMT1:28 10:28 AM MST12:28 PM EST12:58 PM VEN21:28 UAE11:28 AM CT-The Royals have declined their option for next season on Butler, making the former All-Star designated hitter a free agent for the first time in his eight-year career.
Analysis: The Royals elected to pay Butler a $1 million buyout rather than exercise their $12.5 million option for next season. There is still the chance Butler could sign a new contract with the club that chose him in the first round of the 2004 amateur draft. Butler was an All-Star two years ago, when the game was played in Kansas City. But he hit just .271 with nine homers and 66 RBIs this season, far below his career averages.
|Sep. 29 9:55 AM PT10:55 AM MT11:55 AM CT12:55 PM ET12:55 ET16:55 GMT0:55 9:55 AM MST11:55 AM EST12:25 PM VEN20:55 UAE11:55 AM CT-Butler was 2 for 2 with his 32nd double in a win over the White Sox on Sunday.
Analysis: The Royals are in the AL's wild-card game despite Butler hitting a career-low .271 in 151 contests.
|Sep. 25 3:05 PM PT4:05 PM MT5:05 PM CT6:05 PM ET18:05 ET22:05 GMT6:05 3:05 PM MST5:05 PM EST5:35 PM VEN2:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT-Butler was 2 for 4 with his 31st double and three RBIs in a 6-4 loss at Cleveland on Wednesday.
Analysis: Butler is 7 for 16 over his last four games with five RBIs after going 1 for 19 in his previous six.
|Sep. 24 3:05 PM PT4:05 PM MT5:05 PM CT6:05 PM ET18:05 ET22:05 GMT6:05 3:05 PM MST5:05 PM EST5:35 PM VEN2:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT-Butler was 2 for 4 with three runs scored Tuesday.
Analysis: Butler is still a pathetic 7-for-37 in his last 11 games.
|July 27 10:33 AM PT11:33 AM MT12:33 PM CT1:33 PM ET13:33 ET17:33 GMT1:33 10:33 AM MST12:33 PM EST1:03 PM VEN21:33 UAE12:33 PM CT-Butler was 2 for 4 with his fifth homer on Saturday.
Analysis: Butler is hitting .298 at home but just .241 elsewhere.
|July 3 2:49 PM PT3:49 PM MT4:49 PM CT5:49 PM ET17:49 ET21:49 GMT5:49 2:49 PM MST4:49 PM EST5:19 PM VEN1:49 UAE (+1)4:49 PM CT-Butler was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts Wednesday.
Analysis: Butler has one hit in his last 17 at-bats.
|June 21 3:52 PM PT4:52 PM MT5:52 PM CT6:52 PM ET18:52 ET22:52 GMT6:52 3:52 PM MST5:52 PM EST6:22 PM VEN2:52 UAE (+1)5:52 PM CT-Butler extended his hitting streak with three hits in a 7-5 loss to Seattle on Friday.
Analysis: Butler is batting .474 with 11 RBIs over a 10-game hitting streak.
|May 31 1:13 PM PT2:13 PM MT3:13 PM CT4:13 PM ET16:13 ET20:13 GMT4:13 1:13 PM MST3:13 PM EST3:43 PM VEN0:13 UAE (+1)3:13 PM CT-Butler collected three hits in Friday's win in Toronto.
Analysis: He's 5 for 10 in the first two games of the series.
|May 11 12:00 PM PT1:00 PM MT2:00 PM CT3:00 PM ET15:00 ET19:00 GMT3:00 12:00 PM MST2:00 PM EST2:30 PM VEN23:00 UAE2:00 PM CT-Butler went 2 for 4 in Saturday's 3-1 loss at Seattle.
Analysis: Butler looks like a bust with a .244 average for KC.
|Apr. 25 9:57 AM PT10:57 AM MT11:57 AM CT12:57 PM ET12:57 ET16:57 GMT0:57 9:57 AM MST11:57 AM EST12:27 PM VEN20:57 UAE11:57 AM CT-Butler went 0 for 4 in Thursday's 5-1 loss at Cleveland.
Analysis: Butler is now hitting just .111 (5 for 45) on the road. Fantasy owners may want to think about sitting him until he heats up.