The Seattle Mariners' desire to add a right-handed hitter to their lineup is no secret at this point. The team has been actively scouring their options on the trade market for the past two weeks, and after pursuing Marlon Byrd last week they've now also asked Kansas City about designated hitter Billy Butler, according to a report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
The 28-year-old Butler is in the midst of one of the worst offensive seasons of his eight-year career with the Royals. He's batting .273 with three home runs and a career-low .355 slugging percentage, while his .679 OPS is far below his career average of .811. In 2013, Butler hit .289 with 15 home runs and 82 RBI and in 2012 he was an All-Star.
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Butler is earning $8 million this season, and his contract includes a team option for 2015 at $12.5 million, with a $1 million buyout.
- Aaron Somers