Pirates propose trade for Butler
How would KC fans react to this deal?
If you thought Royals fans were upset about Billy Butler not being in the Home Run Derby, think how they’d react if their All-Star was traded for a Triple-A pitcher.
That’s the deal proposed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to John Perrotto of InsidePittsburghSports.com. He cited sources saying that Pirates general manager Neal Huntington offered Indianapolis left-hander Justin Wilson for Butler.
Wilson, who is 7-4 with a 4.25 ERA in 20 International League starts, is not a premier prospect according to Perrotto but his fastball has been clocked at 99 mph and the Bucs are trying to sell the Royals on the idea that the lefty could be their long-term closer.
Butler, of course, is being sought as a first baseman by the National League club. Casey McGehee is the current first sacker.