Byron Buxton has said repeatedly that he would like to stay in Minnesota. The Twins would also like their homegrown star center fielder to stay put.

But despite the shared desire, the Twins and Buxton were recently unable to reach an agreement on an extension that would have paid him approximately $80 million guaranteed over the course of seven years with the potential for that number to grow much higher.

“Obviously, everybody knows I want to be here,” Buxton said. “It’s just one of those things. We didn’t come to an agreement, but it’s not the first time it’s happened. We’ve been in numerous conversations before and it’s not the end. You never know how many more chances they have to communicate with each other.”

A failure to reach an extension makes it more likely that the Twins will deal their center fielder at some point. Buxton is currently on the injured list, so perhaps a deal wouldn’t come ahead of Friday’s trade deadline, but could come at a later time.

Coming to a deal and putting a value on Buxton’s production is perhaps a tricky endeavor. When healthy, Buxton is one of the best in the game. But the 28-year-old has only played in 100 games or more in a season once in his career and will not do so again this year.

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Buxton is progressing toward a return, though no timetable has been laid out publicly. He said he has some discomfort in his left hand, which was fractured last month when he was hit by a Tyler Mahle pitch, but no pain.

Buxton has been playing catch and will see a doctor in the coming days to assess his next steps. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Buxton’s rehab would start including some “light gripping exercises.”

Buxton suffered the injury just three days after he returned from a hip strain that had kept him sidelined for six weeks.

“It was tough, especially that night — it was a little bit tougher,” he said. “But I’ve been able to come to the ballpark and realize each day’s a blessing. I’m grateful to be here. It made me cherish that moment a little bit better, to want to get back even more.”

Get back to playing for the team he hopes to continue playing for years to come, despite recent events.

“Obvioulsy the Twins drafted me, so this is where I want to spend my career,” he said. “There’s not too much I can say for anybody else, but for me, I know where I want to spend my career so that’s kind of it for me.”

Petty signs

The Twins officially inked first rounder Chase Petty, who was selected No. 26 overall, to a deal on Monday, giving him a $2.5 million signing bonus that is slightly under slot value.

Petty, an 18-year-old pitcher, has found himself quite the fan — another New Jerseyan, actually. One who also went in the first round years earlier.

“I talked to him a little bit about the draft, kind of what to expect and he’s pumped,” Angels superstar Mike Trout said. “I’m happy for him obviously. It’s good to see a kid from our area obviously first round. It’s good to be part of South Jersey.”

Petty attended Mainland Regional High School, which is in the same conference as Millville Senior High School, where Trout went. The two schools are less than 30 miles away from each other, and Trout started hearing the hype surrounding Petty a couple months ago.

Trout said the two got linked up over social media and exchanged numbers and have communicated since then, with Trout doling out advice before the draft and after, too.

“I’m just excited for him,” Trout said. “There’s a big journey ahead for him.”

The Twins selected the hard-throwing starter — the righty has touched triple digits on the radar gun — earlier this month. Petty, who was in town with his family, said this was the first visit he’s made to the Twin Cities. He’s enjoyed what he’s seen on his brief visit.

On Tuesday, he heads down to Fort Myers, Fla., to officially begin his professional career.

“It’s unbelievable,” Petty said. “It’s a dream come true. It’s a beautiful city, a beautiful organization. Great fans. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”


Baldelli said reliever Luke Farrell (oblique) has started throwing recently. The Twins will start to push him to see how he responds. … Randy Dobnak (finger) has started playing catch, Baldelli said.