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Impending free agent Mark Buehrle unsure about future with White Sox

Sep 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Mark Buehrle made his second-to-last start of the season last night, picking up the victory with six innings of two-run ball against the Indians, but before taking the mound the impending free agent talked about his uncertain future.

Buehrle is coming to the end of a four-year, $52 million contract and the 32-year-old southpaw is having a typically solid season, but he hasn’t even decided if he’ll pitch at all in 2012, let alone whether he’ll re-sign with the White Sox:

It all depends on what the White Sox want to do. They spent a lot of money this year, and we didn’t do a good job of getting where we want to get to. It all depends on what they want to do. If they want to go young and sign some young guys and got some guys in the bullpen they want to start, then they’ll go that route. But it’s on them.

As for making possibly his final home start for the White Sox next week, Buehrle told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune: “I’m going out there like I’m coming back next year and not try to make a big deal of it.”

After watching him for the past 12 seasons fans at Comiskey Park may feel differently.

  1. nategearhart - Sep 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    I am a Royals fan who hates all things having to do with the White Sox, but I do respect Buehrle and love to watch him pitch. I think it’d be a shame if he moved on.

    • sportsdrenched.com - Sep 22, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      I’ve always liked this guy. GMDM get on the phone now, and at least ask what it would take. If it’s too much, or he won’t come…fine. He is 32 so be careful. Just make the call.

  2. yankeesgameday - Sep 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    The Yankees and Red Sox are now on the clock.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      He would not be a fit with either team. His games do not last very long. Concession sales would be hurt if he pitched for either the Yankees or Red Sox.

      • presidentmiraflores - Sep 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

        Pitching for a team with some offense would probably make a difference in the length of his starts, not to mention his win total. The Sawks and Yankees have scored in the neighborhood of 200 more runs than the ShySox this year.

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