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Report: Twins, Byron Buxton discussing long-term extension

Buxton hit .300 after the All-Star break last season.
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Byron Buxton and the Minnesota Twins have a mutual interest in sticking together for the long haul, and they're recently discussed a long-term contract extension, reports MLB analyst Jim Bowden

Buxton, still on his rookie deal with the Twins, will make $535,000 this season before become eligible for arbitration each of the next three years. 

According to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, who says he checked on Saturday, there's no traction between the Twins and Buxton on a multi-year extension, but these things "ebb and flow." 

Buxton was the No. 2 overall pick in 2012 and last season, his third in the big leagues, he began to consistently show the five-tool potential the Twins drafted him on. 

The 24-year-old gold-glove-winning center fielder was lousy at the plate in the first half of 2017 before dominating in the second half. Look at his month-by-month batting averages last season. 

  • April: .147
  • May: .254
  • June: .184
  • July: .387
  • August: .324
  • September: .268

If Buxton plays all of 2018 like he did the second half of 2017, then the Twins are in for a treat. 

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