New Oakland Athletics designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler has sold a pedigreed Cactus League property in Scottsdale, Ariz., for $2 million.
Butler, who joined the A's on a three-year, $30-million pact this offseason, purchased the home from former Dodgers and Angels pitcher Dan Haren in 2011 for $1.925 million. He had asked as much as $2.299 million for the property last year.
The Santa Barbara-inspired estate, built in 2007, occupies about an acre in the Santa Catalina Estates community with outdoor entertainer's spaces, a resort-like pool and spa with water slide and grotto, an outdoor fireplace and a putting green.
Accessed through a courtyard entry with a fireplace and fountain, the 5,782 square feet of living space features detailed columns, travertine flooring and wrought-iron finishes. A formal living/dining room with raised ceilings, a great room, a chef's kitchen, a wet bar, five bedrooms and five bathrooms are among living spaces. There are three interior fireplaces.
Butler, nicknamed "Country Breakfast," came up with Kansas City and batted .295 with 127 home runs and 628 RBIs across eight seasons with the Royals. The 28-year-old was an All-Star and Silver Slugger Award recipient in 2012.
Daniel R. Williams of Sunbelt Realty & Business Advisors handled both ends of the sale, according to the Multiple Listing Service.