Butler, 30, hit .276 this season with the A’s before his outright release. The vet has hit only four home runs this year in 242 plate appearances, the lowest of his career.
Butler signed a three-year, $30 million deal before last season after spending his entire career with the Kansas City Royals. The A’s are on the hook for the $10 million he is owed for next year.
During his two-year career with Oakland, Butler hit .258 with 19 long balls and 96 runs batted in. The once steady bat in Kansas City tapered off with the A’s but has a chance to revive it in New York.
The Yankees are looking for more offense as they are in the thick of the playoff race. Aaron Judge is now on the 15-day DL and the team is searching for an offensive spark.