Royals designated hitter Billy Butler didn't get too frazzled in recent weeks when he heard his name pop up in endless trade rumors.

"I've been around long enough now that, you know, every year there's rumors about me (being traded)," Butler said Friday at a media gathering at Kauffman Stadium.

"Since I've been in the big leagues, (rumors have) been going on for a while now. But I'm still a Kansas City Royal so you take those rumors with a grain of salt.

"I never got a call from (general manager) Dayton (Moore) so I knew nothing was serious."

Butler said he was never tempted to call Moore himself to find out if he indeed was on the trading block.

"There's no reason," Butler said. "He'd let me know what was going on. There was a lot of speculation, especially at the Winter Meetings. That's what those (meetings) are all about. That's what everyone thrives on there. That's why everyone is in one spot there. There are a lot of moves made there but there are a lot more that are talked about that are never made."

There was no specific reason for Butler to have a news conference Friday but because he was in town to Christmas shop and to attend Sunday's Chiefs game, Royals vice president of communication Mike Swanson indicated Butler and the Royals thought it was a good opportunity to meet with the media.

Butler reiterated throughout his session with reporters that he is not concerned about being traded.

"I'm more worried about my Fantasy Football team than (the trade rumors)," he said, smiling. "Things pop up. My wife and my dad get alerts (on their cell phones) on what Kansas City is doing and the Royals are doing. In a roundabout way I know what's going on."

Butler said he endured the same type of rumors last off-season.