The Oakland Athletics have released designated hitter Billy Butler, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported.
While with the Athletics, Butler struggled to produce at the level he once did during his days with the Kansas City Royals.
This season, the 30-year-old Butler has posted a .276/.331/.403 slash line over 85 games. Hitting just four home runs and driving in 31, Butler has been worth -0.5 fWAR.
Not to mention, Butler was involved in a clubhouse altercation with third baseman Danny Valencia a few weeks ago, resulting in a concussion. General manager David Forst said, though, that this had nothing to do with his release.
Butler signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Athletics in 2014 and still has a year left on his contract. Because all baseball contracts are fully guaranteed, Oakland will still owe Butler the $11.67 million he was set to make next year.
In his two seasons with the Athletics, Butler hit for a .719 OPS (99 OPS+) with 19 home runs and 96 RBI over 843 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, he was worth a -1.2 fWAR during this timeframe.