Take it with a huge grain of salt, since it’s Phil Rogers. But this is what he wrote on MLB.com:
A source indicated to MLB.com that Butler has received a three-year, $30 million offer. That team is widely believed to be the Orioles.
Orioles GM Dan Duquette denied it, telling FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that it’s “not true. Not even close.”
It’s hard to imagine any team would make such a commitment to a player as limited as Butler. On the one hand, he’s just 28 and he was one of the AL’s better hitters in 2012. However, he’s slipped from 29 homers in 2012 to 15 in 2013 to nine last season. His OPS has declined from .883 to .786 to .712. And even if he does bounce back, he’ll do so as a one-dimensional, terribly slow designated hitter.
Given that there are only 15 teams using the DH and that many of them now prefer not being locked into a single option at the position, it really shouldn’t take a large commitment to sign Butler. If someone really bid $30 million for three years… well, it’s hard to see who they could be bidding against.
Related: Examining the DH market.