"It's a great honor to be recognized by your teammates for that kind of stuff," said Butler. "And it's always an honor to be mentioned with Marvin Miller as well."
Six division finalists chosen by the fans will appear on the Players Choice Awards ballot, and then all players vote for a winner on Sept. 16.
Former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera won the award last year. The Royals' last player to win was Mike Sweeney in 2005.
Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.