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| Sam Miller
Rotowire: Feb 24 / 9:41a ET
News: A's manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that Butler will likely serve as designated hitter when the team faces right-handed pitchers, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Impact: The plan calls for Butler to start at first base against lefties, and while he'll likely get plenty of rest days when the A's face right-handers, it doesn't sound like Butler will be stuck in a platoon. Ike Davis figures to start at first base against right-handed pitching, and it's not entirely clear how the A's will cover the DH spot against lefties.
Rotowire: Dec 9 / 5:57p ET
News: Butler, who signed a three-year deal with the A's in mid-November, is expected to play first base against left-handed pitching in 2015, manager Bob Melvin told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday.
Impact: Butler's OPS against right-handers dropped by 130 points from 2013 to last season (from .783 to .653). Against left-handers, he hit .321 with an .847 OPS. The A's frequently use platoons, and it appears Butler could be in one in 2015.