Bay Area Buzz 11/19: Billy Butler, Tim Hudson, Frank Gore


Bay Area Topics

Billy Butler

"According to multiple reports, the Oakland Athletics are close to signing the 28-year-old first basemen, Billy Butler to a three year deal worth $30 million.…Butler will more than likely see ample time at the DH for the A’s, but could see some time at first base as well. Butler struggled against the AL West in 2014, batting a combined 18/91 (.197) against the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, but he will have quite a bit more at-bats in 2015 to add to the sample size."

Nick Avila, Swingin’ A’s

Tim Hudson

"San Francisco pitcher Tim Hudson says next season will probably be his last. Now, he won’t leave without a World Series championship.The 39-year-old right-hander reached and won the World Series in his 16th major league season. He said Tuesday he plans to fulfill his $23 million, two-year contract with the Giants, then possibly call it a career.“I have one more year left on my contract, so I’m pretty sure that’s going to be it after this season,” said Hudson, speaking at Auburn, where he played in college. “I just started my workouts yesterday, which is kind of crazy to me. Just two weeks ago I was still playing and here I am having to get back ready for next season again.“I guess that’s the price you pay when you play that late into the season come playoff time. But I’m going to work my tail off this offseason to get ready to go on to spring training in as good a shape as I can be and hopefully finish [next] season strong. It’s been an unbelievable career for me.”"

Associated Press, ESPN

Frank Gore

"Frank Gore knows that his NFL future with the San Francisco 49ers is in doubt past this season.The San Francisco 49ers have had Frank Gore as their starting running back for quite some time, but that may change moving forward. Gore has been one of the most consistent running backs in the NFL throughout his career, but he’s 31 years old and simply doesn’t have too much time left playing at a high level. It’s possible that he could remain with San Francisco for awhile, but Gore understands that he might not have too much time left with the 49ers.From“I’d love to be back here but they got younger guys. You know how they feel about running backs. That’s why each week I go out to play for my team and to play for myself, and also to show other teams I can still be Frank Gore.”"

Evan Massey, Fansided