It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for...
BREAKING: Center fielder Byron Buxton and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a long-term, nine-figure contract extension, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 28, 2021
After months of consternation and rumors, the Twins and their uber-talented, but oft-unavailable center fielder have found some common ground on a new deal:
Buxton deal with Twins, per source: Seven years, $100M. Full no-trade clause.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 28, 2021
At first glance, 7 years and $100-million guaranteed seems reasonable enough and is generally in line with what had previously been reported about the negotiations. In addition, and reflective of Buxton’s unique abilities and long standing issues staying healthy, the new contract also has a unique, incentive-laden structure that gives him some major earning upside:
More details:— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 28, 2021
$1M signing bonus.
2023-28-$15M per season
MVP bonuses, believed to be unprecedented, for every year of deal.
Also: $500K each for 502, 533, 567, 600 and 625 plate appearances. https://t.co/leTEjfa4wR
Coming to resolution on Buxton’s future in Minnesota (one way or the other) was priority number one for the Twins this winter. Now, the Twins apparently have their man in centerfield for the foreseeable future and can turn their attention to filling the holes they have at shortstop and on the mound.
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