Royals and Billy Butler agree to four-year contract through 2014 with club option for 2015

Butler_8-13-10.JPGThe Royals have agreed to terms with first baseman Billy Butler on a four-year contract through the 2014 season with a club option for 2015.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Butler, 24, has won back-to-back Les Milgram Player of the Year awards in 2009 and 2010, joining George Brett as the only two players in franchise history to win the award in the back-to-back seasons.  He hit a career-high .318 last year with 45 doubles, 15 home runs and 78 RBI, ranking in the top 10 in the American League in batting (sixth), hits (tied for third, 189), doubles (tied for fourth), multi-hit games (fourth, 54) and on-base percentage (seventh, .388).  Butler’s 96 doubles are the most in the Major Leagues since the beginning of the 2009 season.

Selected by the Royals in the first round (14th overall) in the 2004 Draft, Butler is a career .299 hitter with 141 doubles, 55 home runs and 278 RBI in 533 Major League games since making his debut in 2007.  Born in Orange Park, Fla., he and his wife, Katie, have a daughter, Kenley, and reside in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Billy will be participating in the Royals Caravan that will visit Warrensburg, Jefferson City and Springfield, Mo. on Sunday.  The group will visit Springdale, Ark. and Pittsburg, Kan. on Monday.  We’ll bring you a recap of Billy’s press conference, which will take place on Tuesday in Kansas City. 


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