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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Twins, Byron Buxton Unable To Reach Extension

The Twins and franchise cornerstone Byron Buxton have been unable to come to terms on a contract extension, increasing the likelihood of a full-scale sell-off before Friday’s trade deadline. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes report that the Twins’ initial offer was for $73MM over seven years with an unspecified number of incentives. The Twins “increased the guarantee slightly,” but not enough to come to a long-term agreement. The final guarantee increased to $80MM, tweets The Athletic.

The end result here is not surprising, given the muddled valuation process for a talent like Buxton. When he’s at his best, he’s one of the best players in the game, a five-tool player capable of anchoring a first-division lineup on both sides of the ball from a premium position. The injury concerns, however, have limited his contributions and saddled him with a tricky long-term risk profile.

This season perfectly illustrated the dichotomy of Buxton as a team-building asset. In 27 games, he made 110 trips to the plate and accrued an insane 2.7 fWAR with a .369/.409/.767 line, good for a 217 wRC+. But 27 games of MVP-caliber production from Buxton wasn’t enough to keep the Twins anywhere near contention. They currently have a 0.0% chance to make the playoffs, per Fangraphs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2021 at 10:55 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Friday, July 16, 2021

Twins to Byron Buxton: Sign $70 million extension or we will trade you

You’re either with them or against them.

The Minnesota Twins offered outfield Byron Buxton a long-term extension that is above $70 million, according to The Athletic. The deal also includes escalators and incentives that would increase the value of the contract. However, if he declines the offer, the Twins will send him away before the July 30, trade deadline.

The Twins are currently 39-50 and sit in fourth place in the American League Central. They have decisions to make on several players including Nelson Cruz, Andrelton Simmons, and Jose Berrios – who has been linked to the Mets. Buxton is set to be a free agent at the end of the 2022 season, and Minnesota needs to gauge if Buxton would stick around past that.

The 27-year-old is currently on the injury list with a fractured right hand, and was hurt from May 7 to June 19 with a strained right hip. That said, he has put up stellar numbers through 27 games. Buxton had a .369/.409/.767 slash line while hitting 10 home runs and 19 RBIs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2021 at 05:58 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

In season of special performances — Shohei Ohtani, Jacob deGrom, etc. — injuries to Twins’ Byron Buxton seem especially cruel

It’s all very, very exciting. The future of the sport is so very bright.

And yet? Byron Buxton landed on the injured list again Tuesday. Big deal, you might say. Wake me when he’s not on the shelf, you might say. Water is wet, Buxton is hurt, you might say.

Shut up, I definitely will say.

Buxton is special. He’s a special talent, and he’s a special player who has had to work harder to overcome more injury obstacles than any two or three normal players combined. He’s earned a long-awaited breakthrough season.

And for a short time this spring, it looked like 2021 might actually be his year. In the 24 games to start the season before he landed on the IL, Buxton hit .370 with nine homers, five stolen bases and a 1.180 OPS. His graceful stride was again patrolling the outfield for the Twins. It was glorious.

Buxton was the Byron we’ve always known he could be, fulfilling the talent that made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft and a top-two spot in Baseball America’s prospect rankings for three straight years.

MORE FAGAN: What should we expect from Wander Franco?

But then, the hip injury. Buxton missed 40 games. He came back and went 3-for-9 in his first two games, with a double, a homer and two RBIs. In his third at-bat of his third game back, though, he was hit on the hand by a 94-mph Tyler Mahle fastball.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli called it a “boxer’s fracture,” a broken bone (base of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand.

“This isn’t fair,” Baldelli said in his postgame press conference.

Damn right it isn’t. Downright cruel, actually.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2021 at 04:55 PM | 43 comment(s)
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Byron Buxton is reaching his potential

Byron Buxton is a poster child of a player who has worlds of potential, but hasn’t been able to put it together due to injury or lack of opportunity. In Buxton’s case, it’s much more the former. He’s dealt with a multitude of injuries over the course of his career, which has subsequently inhibited his ability to really get his footing at the Major League level.

After a 140-game campaign in 2017, Buxton followed with game totals of 28, 87, and another 39 that came in the shortened campaign of 2020. The Star Tribune has a comprehensive list of the injuries that limited him so much in those seasons here. It’s a trend that’s crushing at every turn, which makes this year’s early developments that much more exciting.

Obviously the figures ahead aren’t anywhere near sustainable. But what they do accomplish, other than being slapped with a NSFW tag, is speaking to the talent that has always been there for Buxton, waiting to be unlocked with the right combination of health and, well, more health. Thus far in 2021, Buxton has slashed a cool .481/.548/1.185/1.734. His ISO is at .704. His wRC+? 354.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 13, 2021 at 02:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
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