Butler finally got an extended look in the big leagues last year, his age-29 campaign, and showed the ability to hit in the majors. Over 276 plate appearances, he slashed .276/.326/.416. Butler also hit eight home runs and contributed five stolen bases.
It seems likely that Butler will get a chance to earn a reserve outfield role somewhere after that solid effort. He’s always hit in the minors, and while his thirty-percent strikeout rate in the bigs isn’t the most promising sign, that’s hardly a crippling figure in this day and age. And Butler graded out as a solid defender in the corner outfield, too, so even a slightly above-average bat would make him a useful piece.