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Minnesota Twins Start Contract Negotiations With First Round Pick Byron Buxton

The Minnesota Twins and their first round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft Byron Buxton have taken the first steps in negotiating a contract according to Charley Walters of

The 18 year old outfielder is scheduled to be in Minneapolis on June 11 in order to get a physical done, after which the contract negotiations will begin. The recommended signing bonus via baseballs new signing agreements is $6.2 million.

If the No. 2 overall pick signs quickly with the Twins, he should start his minor league career with the Twins' rookie level team in Fort Meyers, Florida. If he does well there during the short two and a half month season, he will move up to their higher level rookie team in Elizabethtown, Tennessee. At that point it will be all about performance -- Buxton hit .513 at his high school in Georgia before being drafted and will look to have similar success in the lower levels of the Twins system.

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