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Athletics sign Billy Butler to three-year, $30 million deal, according to reports

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The Oakland Athletics signed right-handed batting designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal, according to a report by Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com. ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney has confirmed this report ("Billy Butler, A's, agree to 3-year deal").

The Athletics have not officially announced the deal, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle speculates the hold up on an official announcement could be something simple:

And indeed, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the deal is official pending a physical:

Butler turns 29 in April. The deal also reportedly comes with a $5 million signing bonus, which is part of the $30 million announced. The original tweet from Robert Murray:

Butler's signing raises significant questions on how the Athletics will fit him onto the roster in their platoon system. As we discussed Monday night when Devan F. of MLBDailyRumors made the initial report, the A's already were facing a crowded roster situation without further additions, and this move likely signals significant roster maneuvers ahead.

If you like WAR, Eno Sarris of Fangraphs was doing some back-of-the-envelope calculations with Craig Brown of royalsauthority.com on what Butler would need to do WAR-wise for the deal to be worth it.

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