Reason No. 5 why Buxton’s deal is so Important for the Minnesota Twins: The No-Trade Clause and Byron Buxton’s Happiness
Selfishly as sports fans, we fail to see the athlete’s point of view and how he or she might feel when it comes to competition, new contracts, and more. This wasn’t really the case here. Twins fans and Byron Buxton were united in the belief that we both want him to play out the rest of his career here.
Buxton said it again and again, despite the team wanting to trade him, extension talks falling through, and a struggling team, that he wanted to remain here. Finally, Falvey and Levine put the no-trade clause on the table, meaning, that barring something drastic, Buxton will be a Minnesota Twin until he’s 34.
He’s just entering his prime this season, and this security has to feel like a weight has been lifted off of him. He can move his family here, put down real roots, and focus on a dream he’s had for a while: to spend his career with one team.
Now I know, he’s only had one truly elite seasons, and he still has to shake the injury bug, but the Twins’ most dynamic player has the ability to build his life and career here, one that could see him end up as one of the Twins’ All-Time Greats. Let’s celebrate Twins fans. Buxton is here to stay.