I only follow two teams closely, the Twins and the Rockies. I'd say the Rockies treat their players better, and as a result they get more reasonable contract extensions that buy out more years for their players, leading to more continuity in their team. Charlie Blackmon is a recent example, whose stop and start injury plagued first few seasons look a lot like Buxton's. The Rockies even got Carlos Gonzales to come back after his contract expired (which was extended prior to his free agency). And they've been more successful than the Twins lately, in a way that looks more sustainable.
I don't recall the Rockies having fire sales like the Twins have had recently either. They tend to stick with their guys and bolster areas of need (like the bullpen in the past two years). Believe me, Rockies fans complain about the ownership being cheap just as much as Twins fans. However, they don't have to feel ashamed at how their FO treats the players they love to see on their team. Even trading Tulowitzki (whose contract had been extended), was the choice of the player.
I love to see Buxton on this team, and I'm ashamed at how the FO has treated him. I hope they make "amends" with him sooner than later, but I fear that won't be possible. Rather than nickel and dime him by manipulating service time, I wish they'd work on extending his contract. If he turns out to be a bust, I'll admit to being wrong about this. But I fully believe he'll be a perennial All-Star caliber player. And the way things are going, most of his prime years will likely be with another team. And either way, I'd rather the Twins act honorably towards Buxton and all of their players.
I'm doing it by hand so my math may be a little off but I'm close.
June 7 - Contract Selected by the Rockies - MLB Debut
July 7 - Charlie broke his foot running the bases at Turner Field in Atlanta and is placed on the 15 day DL.
July 15 - He is transferred to the 60 day DL.
Since the injury occured on the MLB Roster. He Accrues Service time.
Running Total 0.114
Charlie begins the season on the DL.
April 13 - He begins rehab with AAA Colorado Springs
April 14 - He is optioned to Colorado Springs
Running Total 0.121
Charlie isn't recalled to the Bigs until August 18th and he remains on the roster until the end of the year.
Running Total 0.167
Doesn't prove anything but the timing was certainly unfortunate for Charlie as the Rockies gain an extra year.
BTW... Charlie did sign an extension... At age 32, 6 years/106 Million dollars that includes a player option for the final two years... not a club option -- it's a player option that gives him the right to opt out... Not the club. I'd sign that to at that age. He didn't get a hometown discount.
Carlos Gonzalez signed for less than Logan Morrison signed with us.
Then there's the case of Eddie Butler... Eddie was top ranked pitching prospect much like Byron Buxton... More so than Charlie Blackmon.
2014 - Running Total 0.55
2015 - Eddie Butler is sent down to Albuquerque on August 14th and isn't a September recall. He remained healthy and never spent any time on the DL... as a matter of fact, on the very last game of the year for the Isotopes. Eddie Butler was the starting pitcher.
Running Total 0.144
Nolan at the end of this year will be at 5.155 because the Rockies decided to start Chris Nelson at 3B to begin 2013. Nolan was called up on April 28th, Chris Nelson was DFA's April 28th. I believe the Rockies said that he needed some time to work on his defense.
This was a good move by the Rockies because he would be a free agent this year and he has already told the press that he is sick of losing.
All teams watch the service time when making decisions. If they didn't, they wouldn't be doing their jobs.