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Royals aren't entertaining Butler talks in Nashville

Royals aren't entertaining Butler talks in Nashville

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Royals aren't entertaining Butler talks in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Although manager Ned Yost keeps talking about the Royals hitting more home runs next year, that doesn't seem to stop speculation about a trade involving his top home-run hitter, Billy Butler.

If you believe rumors around the Winter Meetings, clubs are knocking on the Royals' door inquiring about the right-handed slugger who, on Tuesday, was anointed the game's top designated hitter with the Edgar Martinez Award. Supposedly Seattle and Baltimore were among those tap-tapping.

If so, the Royals weren't interested.

"We haven't even talked about Billy," Yost said. "Billy's name hasn't been brought up unless it's to say what a great year he had."

General manager Dayton Moore doesn't talk about trade-talk, but he didn't sound inclined to deal Butler coming off a season with 29 homers, 107 RBIs and a .313 average.

"Billy's a big part of our team, he's our All-Star, he won the Silver Slugger Award, he's won this very prestigious award today for DH's, the Edgar Martinez Award, so he's a big part of our offense," Moore said and then added: "We've got to score more runs and we're not going to score more runs if Billy Butler's not in the lineup."

The Royals recognized Butler's long-term value and on Jan. 22, 2011, signed him to a four-year, $30 million contract, including a club option for 2015. Butler is due to earn $8 million in each of the next two seasons.

Butler shrugged off the trade possibility.

"I've been in this game long enough to know that every time there's something written, I don't know the whole story or if what's been written is even accurate," he said. "I've been a Royal my whole career so I don't know what that would be like. I don't even want to think about that. I really enjoy what's going on right here. We've made some moves and we've really built something special here and that's all I care about, and that's all I care to look forward to."

On another front, there are strong indications that the Royals are not in the mix in the multi-club jockeying for Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, despite scuttlebutt around the Opryland Hotel. The Mets reportedly want Kansas City's top prospect, outfielder Wil Myers, but that's a deal that's being waved off by Royals officials.

Dickey might be the National League Cy Young Award winner but, after all, he's 38. Myers is 22 with a lot of years ahead of him.

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