Twins Appear Primed to Unload Byron Buxton
In the midst of an extremely disappointing 2021 season, the Minnesota Twins look ready for a fire sale, and might start with their most valuable asset. Per reports, the Twins are about to offer the oft-injured center fielder a low-ball contact 'in excess of $70 million. If Buxton rejects, the team is expected to move Buxton (currently on the IL with a fractured hand after other injury issues) either by the July 30 trade deadline or in the offseason.
Imagine doing that to Kirby Puckett or Joe Mauer at some point early in their career. In just 27 games, Buxton has 10 home runs along with a .369 batting average. His wins above replacement during that time sits at an impressive 2.7.
Veteran designated hitter Nelson Cruz believes the Twins can still get hot and climb back into contention despite being 15 games out of first place, but Cruz himself will likely be traded. The Twins open the second half in Detroit before facing a Chicago White Sox team that has beaten them 10 out of 12 times. After that, the Minnesota clubhouse figures to have a lot of new faces.