Billy Butler and the Oakland A's are reportedly in agreement on a 3 year, $30 million deal, according to multiple reports.
Butler, who turns 29 in April, has spent the last 7 seasons as Kansas City's primary DH. He is one of the slowest players in the league, and has no defensive value (though he can play first base if he has to), but he prior to 2014, he had hit .300 consistently, with some walks a lot of doubles, and 15-20 home runs per year, which made him a pretty solid DH.
Last year, however, Butler fell off, hitting just .271/.323/.379 -- over 100 points below his career OPS -- and the Royals opted to pay him a $1 million buyout, rather than exercise the $12.5 million team option for 2015.
Oakland seems like an odd landing spot for Butler, as they've seemed to get good production from the DH spot for cheap in recent years, and have Brandon Moss and Kyle Blanks already in house. Butler could be quality buy-low candidate, or he could be another guy with old player skills who falls off the cliff quickly.