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Texas Rangers rumors: Poll -- Should Texas trade for Billy Butler?

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The Royals have an option for $12.5 million on Billy Butler for 2015. Should the Rangers try to land him at that price?

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Mike Stone

Texas Rangers rumors: Billy Butler has been the Kansas City Royals' primary DH for a number of years, but he's fallen on hard times in 2014, putting up a .265/.318/.372 line and a -0.6 bWAR on the year.  Prior to 2014, the 28 year old Butler was a career .298/.364/.459 hitter.

Butler has seen his playing time drop dramatically in September -- he's appeared in only 6 games in the month -- and the sentiment seems to be that the Royals are ready to move on without Butler after this season.  Interestingly, he has a team option for $12.5 million for 2015, with a $1 million buyout.  Thus, if a team were to acquire Butler for "future considerations" or something else nominal, the Royals would save $1 million, giving Kansas City an incentive to move him for basically nothing.

The Rangers, of course, have a gaping hole at DH, and Butler could be a viable bounce-back candidate.  On the other hand, he could be a guy with old-player skills who has simply fallen off the cliff, and isn't good any more.

So let's say it is the day after the World Series, and the Royals offer to send the Rangers Butler for "future considerations" so that the Rangers can pick up the option and pay Butler $12.5 million for 2015.  Would you want Texas to do that deal?

Cast your vote below...

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