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.
Doolittle also has considerable inflammation in his shoulder and has received a PRP injection. The team will re-evaluate Doolittle at a later date before determining the next step. Doolittle had 22 saves in 2014 with 89 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA.
“There is soreness, but there is no pain, so that’s a huge improvement for me,’’ Vogt said. “I played in pain for the last three months of the year, and that’s gone. So even with the soreness, I’m feeling good physically."
Last season, Vogt was part of a three-man rotation at catcher with John Jaso and Derek Norris. However, both players have been traded, so now Vogt will share playing time behind the plate with Josh Phegley.
“In losing Norris and Jaso, those are two friends of mine,’’ Vogt said. “We all fed off each other. So it will affect the team. On a personal level, I’m excited to get a chance to catch.’’
Vogt hit .279 with two triples, nine home runs, 10 doubles and 35 RBI in 84 games last season.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Josh Donaldson , 3B||.255|
|HR||Josh Donaldson , 3B||29|
|RBI||Josh Donaldson , 3B||98|
|OBP||Josh Donaldson , 3B||.342|
|SLG||Josh Donaldson , 3B||.456|
|R||Josh Donaldson , 3B||93|
|SB||Sam Fuld , CF||21|
|W||Jon Lester , SP||16|
|ERA||Jon Lester , SP||2.46|
|WHIP||Jeff Samardzija , SP||1.07|
|K||Jon Lester , SP||220|
|SV||Sean Doolittle , RP||22|
|Full Team Statistics|
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