Quick little update here, Billy Butler's recent extension with the Royals is for four years with a team option on a fifth year. They also decided to structure the contract a little unusually. Butler will get 3m in 2011, and then 8m per year for the next three. Typically teams will give players yearly raises in contracts covering arbitration seasons, but instead the Royals will take the cost savings later. Not a bad idea with almost no payroll concerns in the foreseeable future. His 2015 option is for a team friendly 12.5m.
Very nice deal.