As the Philadelphia Phillies attempt to solve their short and long-term issues in center field, they reportedly are monitoring one of the league’s few needle movers at the position.
Jon Heyman of Audacy Sports says that the Phillies “would be at or near the front of the line if Byron Buxton became available.”
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported earlier in the day that the Minnesota Twins have offered Buxton a long-term contract “in excess of the $70 million the New York Yankees awarded center fielder Aaron Hicks over seven years.”
Rosenthal said that if said extension isn’t accepted, the Twins would likely pivot to trading Buxton, who can’t become a free agent until after the 2022 season. That could come in advance of the July 30 trade deadline or this offseason, per Rosenthal.