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Mark Buehrle will consider all teams, willing to sign quickly

Sep 30, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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Last week impending free agent Mark Buehrle talked about how switching to the NL might be appealing after 12 seasons in the AL, but yesterday his agent chimed in to say “we’re not going to eliminate any team from consideration.”

Buehrle needs multiple teams bidding for his services to get the largest possible contract, so saying he wants to re-sign with the White Sox or sign with the hometown Cardinals or switch to the NL … well, all that stuff would just limit his market. Or at least that’s probably his agent’s thinking.

For his part Buehrle told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he’d sign quickly “if the right deal is there” rather than waiting around to see what happens with fellow left-hander C.J. Wilson (and possibly CC Sabathia as well).

Buehrle is coming off a four-year, $56 million contract and both his health and performance have remained stable, so at age 32 a similar deal seems reasonable.

  1. cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Aaron; do you get the impression that everything Buehrle does is quick? I gotta hand it to you for throwing that in the title, BTW. A Mark Buehrle inside joke is not to be scorned.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:05 PM

      Quick rather than fast. He doesn’t throw fast, but sure pitches quickly.

    • missthemexpos - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:13 PM

      Hopefully he will quickly decide that the weather is nice north of the border for the next few summers.

  2. Tyree Studio - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    As a Royals fan, I’m guessing he will quickly reject any offer made by Dayton Moore. :(

  3. roycethebaseballhack - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    I would not rule out the Royals making an offer for Buehrle. They may be poised to start spending a little money.
    However, with CJ Wilson likely to be in Yankee Pin Stripes by April, he’s one guy I’d love too see take his place in the rotation.

  4. yankeesgameday - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Buehrle has been on my own personal Yankee wish list for a few years now. I’d love to see him tete and Aj gone in a trade.

  5. paperlions - Sep 30, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    I’d love to see the Cardinals go after him…but with Westbrook, Lohse, Carpenter, Waino, and Garcia already signed for next year….probably not.

  6. jakpsu1 - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Come to Pittsburgh, we desperately need a starting pitcher and you’ll be the instant ace of our staff

  7. contraryguy - Oct 1, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    So… Buehrle wants to bat now?

    trying to envision him on the Reds staff… Inning-eating lefty w/ low walk count… would probably immediately be #2 guy after Cueto. A good addition to anyone’s staff though. Surprised he’s still only 32 too, seems like he’s been pitching a long time.

    • cintiphil - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      He would be a great pick up for the Reds. My friend in St. Louis says that he has talked about going back home someday. If they land him, the Central belongs to the Cards. I don’t know what Walt can offer to get him here.

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