What Exactly Were The Yankees Thinking When They Signed Billy Butler?

The New York Yankees have been shedding veterans this season like a fur coat in the summer.

But that youth movement has inspired a bit of youthful ignorance and a lack of pressure. The new, young Yankees lineup is playing for fun, and that has produced pretty spectacular results as New York clawed its way back into the playoff picture.

But the Yankees turned a few heads earlier this week when they signed free-agent castoff Billy Butler, who has gained a reputation for picking on younger players. He even recently landed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after one of those younger players, former Oakland A’s teammate Danny Valencia, punched Butler in the face.

That doesn’t seem like the type of player the new-look Yankees want in their clubhouse, as NESN’s Steve Lyons and Tim Wakefield pointed out on “Red Sox Gameday Live.” Check out their thoughts on the signing in the video above.

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