A’s, Butler reportedly nearing three-year deal

The A’s are reportedly close to finalizing a three-year, $30 million deal with free-agent designated hitter Billy Butler.

The club has not confirmed the deal, but multiple sources tell MLB.com that both sides are in serious discussions.

It’s no secret the A’s have been on the hunt for a right-handed power bat following Yoenis Cespedes’ midseason departure to Boston. Butler would bring them just that, and a proven track record as a full-time designated hitter.

Should this deal come together as advertised, Butler would likely assume the same role with the A’s, despite their affinity for platoons.

Even in a down year, Butler still managed to hit .271 with a .323 on-base percentage this season, and he’s just two years removed from an All-Star campaign in which he totaled 29 home runs and 107 RBIs, finishing with a .313 average.

He’s a lifetime .295/.359/.445 hitter, including a .314 average against lefties, compared to .288 vs. righties, in his eight years with the Royals, who snagged him with their first pick (14th overall) in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

Butler will be entering his age-29 season and is fresh off his first World Series appearance, after helping the Royals stave off the A’s in a theatrical extra-inning Wild Card game victory that buoyed them to an American League pennant.

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