Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (16) Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals Rumors: Are The Toronto Blue Jays Interested In Billy Butler

 

 

The Kansas City Royals have not made any kind of move yet during the Winter Meetings but that doesn’t mean the rumors have stopped flying around.

The Toronto Blue Jays may have some interest in Billy Butler. According to Tip of the Tower, which covers the Toronto sports scene, based on tweets from Jeff Blair, a sports columnist for Canada’s National Newspaper, the Royals have just had preliminary discussions with the Blue Jays involving Butler.

 

 

 

It is difficult to see what the Jays would be willing to part with that would actually help the Royals. Kansas City is not going to trade Butler just for the sake up trading him. The only players could provide that help would be Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, or Colby Rasmus. The latter option could probably be had in the right deal but it is doubtful he would be an offensive upgrade over Butler.

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19)Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It is highly doubtful Toronto  would trade Bautista or Encarnacion, as both are relatively cheap, considering the power they provide. Bautista is due to make $42 million over the next three years, and Encarnacion is set to make just $20 million over the next two seasons, barely more than Butler.

If the Jays are interested in trading Bautista, then maybe they are worried about a drop in production over the remainder of his contract. He will be 35 years old by the end of that contract in 2016, although the team has the option for the final season.

This rumor is most likely just that – a rumor. It would be surprising if the Toronto Blue Jays  are a good trade partner for the Royals. This rumor is probably all smoke and no fire.

Don’t get too excited or upset by these particular rumors, as these two teams just don’t seem to be compatible as trading partners, and definitely not for Billy Butler.

 

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