The question was never whether he would be healthy enough to show off his great potential, but when he was on the field, he was without a doubt one of the best and most exciting players in baseball.
On November 28th, the Twins signed him to a seven-year contract extension worth $100 million, with a lot of incentives built in: the deal only guaranteed him $9 million the first year and $15 per season after that, but with large potential bonuses for plate appearances and for a high finish in the MVP voting.
To start 2022 he went 5 for 23 with all of his hits going for extra bases, then led off against the Boston Red Sox with a double, but he was quickly removed from the game after sliding into second base and banging his knees on the ground in frustration.
As soon as it was disclosed that he had a knee injury, everyone could not help but think, “Here we go again!” Good news arrived in the form of an unfavorable MRI, and on April 21st, Byron was able to return to the lineup.
Against the Chicago White Sox on April 24th, he blasted a 469-foot walk-off home run against Liam Hendriks for a 6-4 victory that was reported as the biggest walk-off home run ever recorded in baseball history.
This gave him a total of 6 home runs and 11 RBIs over his first 10 games of the season, along with a slugging percentage of.946.
How Much Does Byron Buxton Make?
Byron Buxton earns an average of $14,285,714 every year. Buxton will be paid a basic salary of $9,000,000 in 2022.