With the Winter Meetings underway in Nashville this week, baseball’s hot stove is burning white hot. The Royals have been actively involved in the rumors as they pursue an “impact arm” to add to the front of their rotation. For the first time in a while they actually have a stockpile of offensive assets to pull a deal off.
One of those assets that was thrown in to the rumor mill grinder yesterday was DH/fan favorite Billy Butler. Well, for fellow members of the Country Breakfast fan club there is good news coming out of Nashville today. Unless there is a lot of misdirection taking place, it sounds like Butler will be staying put in Kansas City despite reported interest from the Orioles and Mariners.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting via twitter that speculation that the Royals were talking with the Seattle Mariners about Butler is “significantly overblown.” This information comes to Crasnick by way of two sources and it matches what we know on the surface. Despite the hype about their pitching prospects, the Mariners lack the major league ready front line arm Dayton Moore would certainly demand in any deal involving Billy. That is unless Seattle want to part with Felix Hernandez and that is obviously isn’t about to happen. In fact rumors are heating up today that Felix and the Mariners are in negotiations to keep him in Seattle for the entirety of his career. That’s a great thing for Seattle, Felix and baseball as a whole so I hope the rumored contract comes to fruition.
From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, also by way of Twitter, we’ve also learned that Dayton and company are “more willing” to trade Wil Myers than Billy Butler. This is very encouraging from where I sit. We know Billy is an impact bat at the major league level and while Myers may wind up hitting more home runs – and can play the outfield – it’s doubtful he will ever be a better hitter than Country Breakfast.
I’d rather keep both of them in the fold and thankfully it sounds like our GM is playing it smart and holding on tight to Myers and holding on even more tightly to Butler.