Minnesota Twins: 5 Reasons why Byron Buxton’s Extension is a Big Deal

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Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins reacts to flying out against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins reacts to flying out against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton looks on from third base at Target Field. (Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports) /

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.

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