In the first of many moves that general manager Billy Beane will make this offseason as his team tries to reposition itself after a disappointing postseason run, the Oakland Athletics and free agent designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler have agreed to a three-year deal worth $30 million. Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors first reported the deal, later confirmed by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The deal will reportedly come with a $5 million signing bonus and will become official once Butler passes a physical.
Prior to the offseason, the Royals declined their $12 million option for 2015 on Butler, who received a $1 million buyout. Butler, who has spent his entire eight year career with the Royals, had a .271 average with nine home runs, 66 RBIs in 2014 for Kansas City.
Butler was elected to the All-Star Game in 2012, when he hit .313 with 29 home runs, 107 RBIs. From 2009-2012, Butler hit .306/.371/.483 with the Royals. The Athletics needed to find a replacement designated hitter with Adam Dunn retiring. Butler could platoon at DH with catcher John Jaso if the team decides to limit his catching opportunities following a string of concussions. Given the A's affinity towards position platoons, it would not be surprising to see opportunities for Butler in a variety of roles.