Billy Butler connects for an RBI single in the sixth giving the Royals the lead (photo/MLB)

Billy Butler (photo/MLB)

First reported by, the Oakland A’s, looking for a right handed bat after trading Yoenis Cespedes to Boston, have landed Royals DH Billy Butler.  Pending a physical, the deal is for $30 million over three years.   Butler made $8 million the last three years of his contract in Kansas City, and the club exercised it’s $1 million buyout days after the World Series.

Butler, who will turn 29 in April, went 2 for 4 with two RBIs in the Royals Wild Card win over the A’s.  He is a career .295 hitter and has a lifetime .316 average against lefties.

According to the article, if Butler is paid evenly at $10 million per year of the contract, he’ll be the third highest A’s player on their payroll for 2015, behind Coco Crisp and pitcher Scott Kazmir, who each will make $11 million.

Whether or not the Royals hunt for a “true” DH is still up for debate.  One plan could be to rotate everyday players in that DH slot to give a workhorse like Salvador Perez, for example, a break behind the plate.  Ned Yost loves his defense, but another 158 games of squatting will be a grind on Perez.