Saying you don't want to make Buxton a gazillionaire by offering him a long-term deal is really not quite the same as implying that Buxton is trash. And saying that Cave was a better player than Buxton LAST year is close to being indisputable. With that said, I think there are a bunch of Twinkie supporters who just want to wait and see what 2019 will bring for the Buxton express. I have always wanted Buxton to succeed, but have also wanted something a little more promising than last year as the basis to proceed with the franchise tag and the money that goes along with it.
And, concerning the AAA adventure, I admit I was a bit on the fence about letting Buxton stay in AAA last September, but I also tried looking at that situation from the viewpoint of what Cave had done and was doing. In the end (for me), it was far more important to get a chance to see Cave play regularly so we all could get an idea of what kind of player he really was and could be. If Cave had ended up hitting .180 for the balance that would have told us lot, but he showed that he is probably a decent hitter and an average outfielder. He has decent speed and although he is no Buxton in the field, he wasn't chopped liver (he'll improve I believe).
To sum up, I want Buxton in a Twins uniform--but not last year's version, so I hope that management takes the 'wait and see' approach for now.