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Billy Butler speaks: "I'm on to a different chapter"

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In a conference call with news media this afternoon, newly-signed Oakland Athletics designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler talked about the importance of loyalty, his role with the A's, the contract negotiations, and how much he values the 10 years he spent with the Royals organization.

On his relationships with A's players:

On the signing process and loyalty:

Butler emphasized that a big part of why he is excited to be with the Athletics is how much loyalty they showed in him from the beginning, "Day one of free agency, Billy was in contact with my agent and showing his interest. . . . It hit me where it mattered most."

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star asked Butler whether he had given the Royals an opportunity to match the offer. Butler says he did, without mentioning the team at the time, and an offer from Kansas City just was not there. It was quite touching, actually, to hear Butler talk about how much his time with the Royals organization meant to him.

One of his regrets was that he was not going to be able to play with the new players coming up from the farm system that developed him.

What number will Butler wear? He has already been in contact with Josh Reddick, and will wear the number 16 he wore in Kansas City in exchange for a gift to be named later.

Josh Reddick will take the number previously held by Kurt Suzuki in 2013, Luke Montz, Chris Carter, Walt Weiss, and Rickey Henderson in 1989:

Finally, Susan Slusser did very well to pin down Butler on his opinion of the A's white cleats: