Dyson is in his first year of arbitration. He hit .269 with one home run, 24 RBI and 36 stolen bases in 120 games in 2014.
After spending the first eight seasons of his career in Kansas City, Butler signed a three-year deal with Oakland during the offseason. Though he left the Royals, Butler said there is no hard feelings. "It’s disappointing, but you understand that the game’s a business and I didn’t leave on bad terms," Butler said. "I’d be more than happy to come back. That’s home for me. I’ll always be forever tied to the Royals organization and the community there."
The 28-year-old hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year.
"We tried to acquire Torii Hunter. When that fell through, with Alex Rios, we felt he fit our ballpark and style of play," Moore said. "He is capable of hitting 40 doubles."
Rios has hit .271 with a .335 on-base percentage, .429 slugging percentage, .763 OPS, three triples, five home runs, 12 doubles and 15 RBI in 53 career games at Kauffman Stadium.
"I can't say it hasn't crossed my mind [to try and bring him back]," Moore said Thursday. "Right now with Edinson Volquez, we feel rotation will be solid.
"At this point in time, though, it's doubtful we bring back James."
Shields spent the last two seasons with the Royals. He went 27-17 with a 3.18 ERA in 68 starts for Kansas City. Shields is reportedly looking for a five-year, $125 million contract.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Norichika Aoki , RF||.285|
|HR||Alex Gordon , LF||19|
|RBI||Alex Gordon , LF||74|
|OBP||Alex Gordon , LF||.351|
|SLG||Alex Gordon , LF||.432|
|R||Alex Gordon , LF||87|
|SB||Jarrod Dyson , CF||36|
|W||James Shields , SP||14|
|ERA||Yordano Ventura , SP||3.20|
|WHIP||James Shields , SP||1.18|
|K||James Shields , SP||180|
|SV||Greg Holland , RP||46|
|Full Team Statistics|
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