Butler signed a minor league deal with the Nationals on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Butler, who elected free agency in November, spent all of last season with Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland organization, where he batted .240/.318/.344 in 118 games. Butler played an extensive role with Tampa Bay in 2015, but likely serves as organizational depth for the Nationals.
Butler accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
After officially clearing waivers Friday, the veteran outfielder will remain within the Indians organization as a member of their Triple-A affiliate. That said, Butler is unlikely to rejoin the big league club anytime soon given that he no longer has a spot on the 40-man roster. He has slashed .238/.306/.360 with eight homers at Triple-A Columbus on the year.
Butler was designated for assignment Sunday.
The Indians acquired ace reliever Andrew Miller from the Yankees on Sunday, and with a 40-man spot needed for him, Butler was the chosen casualty. The 30-year-old outfielder had some good moments with the Rays last season, but has languished with the Indians' Triple-A affiliate in Columbus for all of 2016, producing a .298/.306/.360 slash line. He's likely to stick with the organization in the event he clears waivers.
Butler was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Butler was a long shot to make the Opening Day roster this spring with the Indians having several major league options in the outfield. He'll start the year at Triple-A Columbus to get regular playing time.
Butler was claimed off waivers by the Indians in December, Cleveland.com's Paul Hoynes reports.
Tampa Bay placed Butler on waivers, and the Indians swooped in and grabbed him in an effort to improve what was a very shaky outfield last season. He hit .276 with 12 doubles and eight home runs in 88 games last year, and could find his way into the lineup if Lonnie Chisenhall is struggling at the plate.
Butler was designated for assignment Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for the recently acquired Hank Conger, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Conger was acquired by the Rays for cash considerations on Wednesday, which forced the club to clear room on its 40-man roster. Butler, who had a decent 2015 campaign with a .276//.326/.416 slash line to go with eight home runs in 257 at-bats, was DFA'd in a corresponding move and will be placed on waivers.
The Rays will activate outfielder Desmond Jennings from the disabled list on Friday, the team announced after Wednesday's game.
Jennings has been out since late April due to a knee injury. To make room for Jennings, the Rays sent Joey Butler down to Triple-A. Butler was hitting .278 with six home runs prior to Wednesday’s contest.
Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game, the first time in 12 games Kiermaier hasn't gotten the start.
In his place, Brandon Guyer gets his eighth start fo the season in center and first since June 28.
Guyer had started three of the last four games in right. Joey Butler gets the start in right field in his place. His only other start in right was on July 3.
Joey Butler is back in the lineup for the Rays, as he will be in left field and bat second on Wednesday against the Indians. Butler had been held out of the lineup for the last three games in favor of recent-acquisition Grady Sizemore.
But Butler will be back in there on Wednesday. Prior to the three game absence, Butler had started nine straight, hitting .250 with a pair of home runs in that span.
Blue Jays designated hitter Joey Butler is set to sit for the second straight game Monday against Cleveland. Grady Sizemore will again fill that hole after slamming three hits Sunday.
Butler is experiencing his first mini-slump of the season with just one hit in his last 14 at-bats. But that has only served to weaken his slash line to a still-strong .315/.358/.482.
Rays outfielder/DH Joey Butler totaled three hits -- all singles -- in five at-bats Monday against the Blue Jays. He struck out twice in his other two at-bats.
Butler has been on a nice run offensively in June. He has a .346/.513/.898 slash line in 20 games. He also has three home runs, four doubles, 11 RBI, nine runs, four walks, 18 strikeouts and five stolen bases in that span.
Rays DH Joey Butler hit a solo home run in Friday's win over Cleveland. It was the second straight game with a homer for Butler, who now has six on the year.
Butler went 2 for 4 and drove in his 19th run.
Outfielder Joey Butler continues to hit for average and power, as his sixth-inning home run kickstarted a rally that led to an eventual 5-3 victory Thursday for the Rays.
Butler cracked his fifth homer to right field off Nationals starter Doug Fister, opening the floodgates for a four-run frame. Butler is now hitting .331 on the season and nearly .350 in June, with 21 hits in the month.
With the Rays moving to a NL park on Wednesday, Joey Butler was not in the starting lineup at Washington. He had started the last 21 games for Tampa Bay.
Butler has been on an offensive tear since late May. He is batting .360 (31 for 86) with a .523 slugging percentage, .912 OPS, two home runs, eight doubles, 10 RBI, 10 runs and four stolen bases in his last 22 games.
Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is not in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game.
Kiermaier sits, after starting 47 games this season. Brandon Guyer slides over from left field to replace him. It's Guyer's fifth start in center.
Replacing Guyer in left is Joey Butler, who gets his eighth start at the spot.
Rays designated hitter Joey Butler went 3 for 5 in Friday's win over the White Sox.
Butler scored once and drove in two runs, giving him 16 on the year.
Rays designated hitter Joey Butler went 2 for 4 in his team's 3-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday.
Butler is hitting .400 over his last nine games with two home runs and four RBI.
For the season, Butler is hitting .333 with four home runs, 11 RBI and seven doubles.
Rays third baseman Jake Elmore is batting leadoff on Sunday, while designated hitter Joey Butler is batting third in his team's matchup with the Mariners.
It's the first time in each role for both players. Elmore has yet to bat higher than sixth in the lineup, but he'll lead off against Mariners lefty Mike Montgomery. Butler has been entrenched in the No. 2 spot in the lineup but will shift down with the team missing Evan Longoria for a second straight game.
The Rays are road favorites (-129) in Seattle, per VegasInsider.com.
Rays rookie Joey Butler just keeps on hitting. On Thursday, Butler went 2 for 3 with a pair of singles, a run scored and two stolen bases in the team's 2-1 win over the Mariners.
Butler now sports a modest six-game hitting streak, during which he is batting an even .500 (12 for 24) with two home runs and two doubles.
Rays designated hitter Joey Butler went 2 for 5 with a two-run home run and a stolen base in his team's 6-5, 10-inning win over the Angels on Wednesday.
Butler put his team on the board with his sixth-inning homer, and the Rays plated three more runs on another homer later in the inning to take the lead. Butler has racked up hits in five straight games and now owns a .337/.367/.547 line with four home runs, 11 RBI and one stolen base in 86 at-bats.
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