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[5/24/2014] Orix Buffaloes sign Joey Butler to one-year deal

by on May.24, 2014 @ 1:09 pm, under NPB

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Joey Butler.

According to Jiji Press, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated forty million yen plus performance bonuses. The Buffaloes signed Butler because they wanted to strengthen their offense with a hitter that could bat in the middle of the order.

Source: official announcement, Jiji Press 5/24/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2014

[UPDATE 5/25 @ 2:51pm]

Butler is scheduled to arrive in Japan within the next couple of days.  He could make the active roster some time in mid-June.  Most reports are saying the deal was worth an estimated 400,000 in US dollars, or about forty-one million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/25/2014

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Career Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2008 22 TEX MiLB A- 62 271 226 35 68 8 5 4 31 9 4 40 54 .301 .417 .434 .851 98 5 5 0 0 0
2009 23 TEX MiLB A+ 134 574 522 82 146 33 1 12 76 6 4 46 146 .280 .343 .416 .759 217 14 5 0 1 0
2010 24 TEX MiLB AA 132 573 516 67 143 26 6 10 58 8 6 47 120 .277 .340 .409 .749 211 21 5 0 5 3
2011 25 TEX MiLB AAA,AA 126 529 470 84 147 28 5 14 61 15 5 50 154 .313 .388 .483 .871 227 10 8 0 1 2
2012 26 TEX MiLB AAA 137 584 493 93 143 28 1 20 78 6 4 79 128 .290 .392 .473 .865 233 16 7 0 5 3
2013 27 TEX MiLB AAA 119 505 426 71 124 26 0 12 51 1 2 69 119 .291 .395 .437 .831 186 10 6 1 3 0
2013 27 TEX AL 8 15 12 3 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 .333 .467 .500 .967 6 0 0 0 0 0
2014 28 STL MiLB AAA 31 106 86 16 31 4 0 4 20 0 0 19 16 .360 .481 .547 1.028 47 2 1 0 0 1
2014 28 STL NL 6 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .167 .000 .167 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB Totals 14 21 17 3 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 9 .235 .381 .353 .734 6 0 0 0 0 0
MiLB Totals 741 3142 2739 448 802 153 18 76 375 45 25 350 737 .293 .379 .445 .824 1219 78 37 1 15 9

One comment on “[5/24/2014] Orix Buffaloes sign Joey Butler to one-year deal

  1. Dylan

    This looks like a good signing. The Cardinals have a wealth of good outfielders. But you never know until they actually play.

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