Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins close to signing Buxton, agent confirms

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins prospects Updated: June 10, 2012 - 1:53 PM

The Twins are close to signing Byron Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick in last week's draft, with the outfielder scheduled to arrive in Minnesota on Monday, his agent Al Goetz confirmed today.

Goetz said Buxton probably won't take his physical until Tuesday, but the sides are expected to continue talking on Monday, and Goetz said those talks are "just formalities."

Baseball's recommended slot bonus for the No. 2 pick is $6.2 million, but the No. 1 overall pick -- shortstop Carlos Correa -- agreed to a below-slot, $4.8 million bonus with the Astros. Goetz declined to say how Buxton's deal will compare to the slot number but talked about how excited Buxton is to begin his professional career.

"He's a special kid; I can tell you that," Goetz said. "You guys are going to love him."

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