MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Twins made Byron Buxton’s contract extension official on Wednesday.
It’s a seven-year, $100 million deal for the oft-injured but enormously talented centerfielder. It would keep him in Minnesota through 2028.
“This is a tremendous day, a great day, a special day for the Twins organization,” President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey said. “I think Byron Buxton represents everything we want this organization to be. Who he is as a person, who he is as a player, how he goes out there and gives his all every day on the field.”
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“This is a special place for me, special place for my family,” Buxton said. “I love the fans, I love the city, I love the organization. For me, it’s a lot of loyalty into this.”
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Buxton’s deal was first reported over the weekend. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic said the deal includes a no-trade clause, MVP bonuses and incentive money based on plate appearances.
Buxton has yet to play a full season in his seven years with the Twins, but when healthy, he’s flashed MVP-like ability both in the outfield and at the plate.
In 61 games last season, Buxton hit 19 home runs with an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.005.
Now that he’s got the stability of a long-term contract, though, Buxton says he’s not worried about individual stats.
“The biggest goal for me here now is win as many rings as I can to bring back to Minneapolis,” he said. “That’s my biggest focus. I don’t have that scariness of, ‘Am I gonna be here?’ anymore.”