Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Hot Stove Update: Billy Beane Signs Billy Butler
Has a nice ring to it, no? In fact, I am not convinced that the name alliteration is not one of the main reasons this deal happened! After striking out when he loaded up on pitching at the trade deadline last year, Billy Beane goes back to what he knows best, which is stocking up on DH's. Billy Butler is probably an upgrade on Nate Frieman for RH side of a DH platoon, but from the price, you might think Billy Butler is being brought in to DH full time. That's OK if you are getting the 2012 version of Country Breakfast, but Butler's numbers have declined rather steeply for 2 consecutive seasons for no obvious reason. You certainly can't blame his paltry .702 OPS from 2014 on a low BABIP as that was .310 although I admit Butler is a guy who sustained higher BABIP's for several years. He's just a big slow guy who hits a ton of ground balls who can't play a position. Perfect fit for Billy Beane and the Oakland A's!