The Kansas City Royals and first baseman Billy Butler agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract that will keep him in Kansas City through 2014. Butler, speaking to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel, said he wants to be in Kansas City.
"I just get to worry about playing baseball and it's what's best for me and my family," Butler said. "That's what it's all about. I didn't want to have to worry about going to arbitration every year and this where I want to be. The city's great and we love it here. I can't express how happy we are right now."
Not many players who have played on teams as bad as the ones Butler has been on are happy to be there. But the Royals have the best farm system right now and the next few years are expected to be very interesting in Kansas City.
"It worked out for both sides," Butler said. "I've always been happy to be a Royal. We have a lot of young guys coming up and we plan on doing great things. It just means I'm a big part of it."
Indeed Butler is a big part of it. He will not go the way of Zack Greinke -- at least not yet -- meaning he has a chance to find out what's going to happen to all this young talent in the minor leagues.
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