Maybe this is why the Minnesota Twins aren't considering signing one of the top free-agent starting pitchers left on the market.
One could argue paying your center fielder of the future is much more important, especially in a market like Minnesota, which is why the Twins have reportedly already began discussing an extension with Byron Buxton.
Byron Buxton has interest in signing a long term deal with the #Twins and the feeling is mutual as both sides have had conversations according to sources— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) March 5, 2018
The Twins' surprise 2017 campaign certainly had a lot to do with Buxton, who won a Gold Glove award in his breakout season. The slugger played in 140 games and slashed .253/.314/.413 with 69 runs scored, 16 home runs, 51 RBI and 29 stolen bases.
He finished 18th in the MVP voting, which also isn't too shabby for a guy who's played in just 278 career MLB games.
Buxton, 24, doesn't become arbitration-eligible until the 2019 season and is under club control through 2022, but that's not stopping the Twins from getting the ball rolling here. Locking him up through those years and potentially beyond would save a lot of headaches and possibly save the team money in the long run.
This could be the team's next big financial move.