The Royals gave Butler a $1 million buyout rather than exercise their $12.5 million option on his contract for the 2015 season, making him a free agent.
At age 28, Butler hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBIs this past season, his seventh with the Royals. Can The Royals really afford to give away hitting? Butler signed a three year contract for 30 million. EDB