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Royals GM Dayton Moore participated in a media conference call today after Billy Butler’s signing with the Oakland Athletics became official.
Moore said that the Royals were given the opportunity to work with Billy throughout the negotiations. While the Royals were interested in bringing Billy back, the overall package was something that Moore felt the Royals could not match.
Moore is proud of everything that Butler did for the Royals, on and off the field. He talked about how Billy is a fun player to watch in the batter’s box and that the A’s are getting a tremendous hitter. He’s happy for Billy, his wife Katie and the Butler family. He hasn’t spoken with Billy since the signing, but plans to in the near future.
Now that signing Butler is not an option, Moore indicated that adding a starting pitcher and improved bullpen depth are priorities. The Royals like the flexibility of allowing multiple players to be the DH, with Moore naming Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon, Omar Infante and Salvador Perez as players who could see occasional duty in the role. That being said, a player who fills the DH role is an option, though Moore said the focus is on getting the best players.
On another note, tomorrow (Thursday) is the deadline for filling the winter rosters. The Royals can add players to the roster to keep them from being selected in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Moore indicated that the Royals have had meetings to determine who fits on the 40-man roster. The club currently has five spots available.
A personal note from the blogger:
Best wishes to Billy and his family. I remember meeting him when he reached the Majors at age 21 in 2007 and have watched him grow up since then. He was always polite as I got to know him through community events and multiple Royals Caravan trips. He leaves KC among the top 10 in career games, home runs, RBI, hits, batting average, doubles, walks, slugging percentage and total bases. – CC
Butler, 28, was an American League All-Star in 2012 and ranks third in club history with a .295 career batting average and is sixth in doubles (276) and RBI (628) and seventh in hits (1,273) and homers (128).
The Major League Baseball Players Association’s Players Trust hosted a City Clinic today at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.
Billy Butler, Lorenzo Cain and Aaron Crow joined Ripken Baseball in providing free instruction to youth baseball players. The Players Trust created the City Clinics program to help Major Leaguers promote the game of baseball to underserved children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the country. Sponsored by Majestic Athletics, this program has impacted more than 6,000 disadvantaged youth across the United States. For more information on the Players Trust, visit www.playerstrust.org
Billy Butler followed Friday’s pinch-hit homer with a go-ahead two-run blast in the fifth last night, capping KC’s comeback from a 5-0 deficit. The Royals have won five in a row overall. A win today would mark the first four-game sweep of the Indians at home and second overall, the other coming in 1973 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
The Royals won a 6-4 thriller on Friday night as Billy Butler delivered a two-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth. It was Billy’s second career pinch-hit home run and the 75th in Royals history. Also below: Omar Infante made a nice play on the final out of the game; Danny Duffy and Brett Hayes snuck up on Butler during postgame interview as Aaron Crow looked on; Crow received a Gatorade bath during his interview.
Royals designated hitter Billy Butler and his wife Katie have been involved in work at St. James Place Food Pantry and the Bishop Sullivan Center since 2008. On Thursday, pitcher Aaron Crow joined Billy and Katie at St. James Place, where they packaged and distributed food, including Billy’s barbecue sauce. Billy and Katie’s “Hit-It-A-Ton” program has raised over a quarter of a million dollars to help local families.
A pair of Caravan groups started their two-day treks across Royals Country today with a stop at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. One Caravan is now moving north to Nebraska, with a return stop in St. Joseph, Mo., tomorrow. The second Caravan is traveling west with visits in Kansas today and tomorrow.
For a full list of Caravan stops, visit royals.com/caravan
Above – Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Johnny Giavotella; below – Aaron Crow
Above, Billy Butler and Johnny Giavotella
John Mayberry, Ryan Lefebvre, Everett Teaford, Greg Holland; followed by a group photo
2012 was a breakthrough season for Billy Butler as he set career highs in home runs (29) and RBI (107) while also leading KC with a .313 average. He also made a memorable All-Star appearance in front of the hometown fans. Today, he earned his third Les Milgram Player of the Year award in the last four years. While George Brett, Amos Otis and Mike Sweeney won the award at least three times (Brett won eight times), no player has won the award three times in four seasons…until Butler.
KC’s designated hitter said he was locked in from day one in 2012 and is pleased with his season, though he believes he can do more. He told reporters today that he doesn’t know what his full potential is. He’s already preparing for the 2013 season at the Royals Spring Training complex in Surprise, Arizona. 2013 is also going to be busy for Billy off the field as he and his wife Katie are expecting the couple’s second child in January.
The Kansas City Royals have announced that designated hitter Billy Butler has been named the 2012 Les Milgram Player of the Year. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).
Butler, 26, earned his third Les Milgram Player of the Year award (also 2009 and 2010) after leading the Royals with a .313 average, 29 home runs and 107 RBI. Butler is the fourth player to win the award at least three times, joining George Brett (1975-76, 1979-80, 1985, 1988, 1990 and 1992), Amos Otis (1971, 1973 and 1978) and Mike Sweeney (2000, 2002 and 2005). He recorded the eighth season in franchise history with at least a .300 average, 25 home runs and 100 RBI and the first since 2003. The 2012 All-Star finished fifth in the American League with 192 hits, sixth in RBI and eighth in average. His 29 home runs were the most by a Royal since Jermaine Dye hit 33 in 2000. Butler tied for third in baseball with 10 home runs in the eighth inning or later. The 10 late-inning home runs included three game-tying blasts and three go-ahead home runs.
The Royals announced Monday that shortstop Alcides Escobar won the 2012 Joe Burke Special Achievement award while Greg Holland was announced as the 2012 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year yesterday.