The Royals are poised to compete in 2014, so they likely would not be willing to give up a key bat.

Despite rumors popping up occasionally that the Kansas City Royals could trade Billy Butler, the team says they have not discussed the designated hitter with other teams this offseason, reports Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.

Butler, 27, is coming off his worst year at the plate since 2008. He played in all 162 games, hitting .289/.374/.412 with 15 home runs and 27 doubles. That comes after he had the best season of his career in 2012, posting a .313/.373/.510 line with 29 home runs. He is more typically a gap hitter, hitting bunches of doubles with around 20 home runs.

The Royals have Butler under contract for just one more season, but hold a $12.5 million option on him for 2015 as well.