Minnesota Twins Debating On Trading Star Outfielder

The Minnesota Twins are currently exploring the idea of trading outfielder Byron Buxton. The 27-year-old is one year away from being eligible for unrestricted free agency and could elect to test the market if given the chance. 

Around the trade deadline, the Twins were taking offers on Buxton, but they ultimately decided it was best to keep him around for the remainder of the regular season. They would go on to finish the 2021 campaign with a 73-89 record and were last in the AL Central.

However, it's also important to note that the Twins aren't against the idea of signing him to an extension, either. They are currently weighing over which option seems like the better idea for them. In July of this season, Buxton rejected a seven-year, $80 million contract offer, so it's apparent that he's looking for his big payday.

Buxton is in a position where he can ask for a lot of money as well. He is coming off of his best year at the plate, but also missed a lot of time. In 61 games, he had 19 home runs, 32 RBIs and a .306 batting average. His batting average was most impressive, though, as it was the first time he ever hit .300 over his career. With this, his trade value is higher at the moment, too.

Buxton is known for his excellent fielding, as he also won a Gold Glove in 2017. Given the fact that he is still young, it will be interesting to see which avenue the Twins opt to go down with him. 

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