LAS VEGAS — Byron Buxton was unhappy when the Twins didn’t remember him to the Major Leagues after an extended stint in triple a to finish a difficult 2018 season — and he was blunt in expressing those kisses on Tuesday.

“Yes. “It kind of didn’t go over well”

LAS VEGAS — Byron Buxton was unhappy when the Twins didn’t remember him to the Major Leagues after an extended stint in triple a to finish a difficult 2018 season — and he was blunt in expressing those kisses on Tuesday.

“Yes. I ain’t sugar coating No Thing,” Buxton told the Minneapolis Star Tribune regarding his displeasure with the decision. “It kind of didn’t go over well”

The Twins realized the need to get those frustrations off his chest in his first public comments about the decision of Buxton, but said that they flipped the page on the matter following the summer season.

“I would say, first and foremost, the very fact that he’s up in Minnesota doing the event that he did — that he was asked to do and be part of — talks to that he is and what he wants to accomplish continue,” Twins executive vice president and chief baseball officer Derek Falvey reported.

Buxton had a second half 2017, hitting .300 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs, and got the American League’s Platinum Glove Award as the league’s top defender. But the soon-to-be 25-year-old hit on .156/.183/ / .200 in 28 matches in 2018 and has been delivered on a rehabilitation assignment for a Cable accident in June — and remained for the rest of the summer season.

Because of the middle fielder stay within the Minor Leagues, the Twins gained one year of club control, pushing the eligiblity for free agency of Buxton back until after the 20-22 season.

Falvey said that the Twins had traded a telephone call and texts with Buxton following the summer season, and also feel”very positive” concerning the continued development. Theyhad conversations with Buxton’s agents and feel that the conversations are proceeding in the right direction, as they look to focus on Buxton’s continued development and off season training regimen.

The Twins plan for director Rocco Baldelli to fly Georgia to touch base and continue conversations that are ongoing.

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“I feel like when Byron gets round his teammates and people get matters moving going forward, he’s definitely going to be exactly what we expect him to be, and we’re definitely going to support him are the finest possible player he can be,” Falvey said.

Buxton said to colleagues in St. Paul that he expects to need to make the starting center field job back to the 2019 season, but Twins remain determined that Buxton’s starting role isn’t in question.

“He is a enormous part of our franchise moving forward and I respect the attitude he’s taking coming in to Spring Training,” general manager Thad Levine said. “But in most planning dialog we’ve, this guy is central to those conversations, and he’s featured prominently on the club while the center fielder.”

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