After making tons of deals down the stretch in 2014 only to see them all fall flat with an AL Wild Card Game loss to the eventual AL champ Royals, the A's went on Tuesday and sniped one of the Royals' stars in free agency.
The A's signed Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal to give their offense some punch back after they dealt Yoenis Cespedes to Boston at the trade deadline in exchange for rental ace Jon Lester.
Last season, Butler hit .271 with a .323 on-base percentage which were both below his career numbers. He's historically been a pretty big on-base monster without much else to his game, including power. One thing he definitely can't do is play a position in the field, as he's basically locked in as a DH.
His career year came in 2012 when he hit .313 with a .373 on-base and a big power year at 29 homers with 107 RBIs.
Ultimately, the A's are adding a "professional hitter" but one that can't do much else, and the Rangers traditionally haven't been fans of the dedicated DH guy, as they were never truly in the market for Butler.