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Athletics' Billy Butler would welcome return to Royals
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler said he would love to return to the Royals later in his career, according to the Kansas City Star.

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.

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Athletics' Sean Doolittle tears rotator cuff, not expected for start of season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has a slight tear in his left rotator cuff and is not expected to be ready for the beginning of the season, the team announced Friday.

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.

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Athletics, Eric Sogard avoid arbitration
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Athletics and infielder Eric Sogard have agreed to a one-year, $1.075 million deal, avoiding arbitration, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday. Sogard hit .223/.298/.268 with one home run, 22 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 291 at-bats last season.

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A's catcher Vogt (foot) expects to be ready for spring training
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt, who had surgery on his right foot in mid-October, was cleared to start running last week and expects to be ready when spring training opens in February, according to the Bay Area News Group.

“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.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJosh Donaldson , 3B.255
HRJosh Donaldson , 3B29
RBIJosh Donaldson , 3B98
OBPJosh Donaldson , 3B.342
SLGJosh Donaldson , 3B.456
RJosh Donaldson , 3B93
SBSam Fuld , CF21
WJon Lester , SP16
ERAJon Lester , SP2.46
WHIPJeff Samardzija , SP1.07
KJon Lester , SP220
SVSean Doolittle , RP22
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