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The Cubs and Nats are interested in Mark Buehrle

Nov 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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Actually, a ton of teams will likely be interested in Mark Buehrle because he’s reliable as all get out and may be the best free agent pitching option on the market this year. But at the moment we’re at least getting reports of two clubs with more concrete interest: the Cubs and the Nationals.

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs could have interest in Mark Buehrle “if the price tag and years aren’t astronomical.”  Which I suppose is relative. But if “astronomical” means something like “near the top of what any pitcher will make in free agency this year,” then no, the Cubs aren’t going to be interested. Buehrle won’t make CC Sabathia money, but he’s going to do well.

Likewise Adam Kigore of the Washington Post wrote yesterday that “some individuals with ties to the Nationals believe they will pursue Buehrle.”

Now is probably a good time to remember that, like the astronomical-or-not nature of Buehrle’s next contract, the term “concrete” when used in connection the hot stove season is relative as well.

  1. Jonny 5 - Nov 2, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    I’m thinking the Yankees will be all in on this guy too…..

    • yankeesgameday - Nov 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      Lord I hope so. He Is the only big name free agent I really want the yanks to sign this year.

      A rotation of cc, buerhle, nova, Garcia and Hughes with aj going in a trade for yet another arm would make me very happy.

      • goawaydog - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:06 PM

        seriously with no sarcasm tag here … do you really think AJ is tradable?

      • yankeesgameday - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:41 PM

        Of course he is. There are 20 smaller market teams in this league who will always need a guy with an above average arm with name recognition to put people in stands and eat up tons of innings for you. And if that team has a youngish pitcher about to make a 100 million as a free agent in a couple of years that they know they cant afford to keep… Well, aj and say romine, or even Swisher as a package is something every team would listen to.

        Like, burnett and romine or Swisher for Felix hernandez is an example of what I mean. I’m not trying to start the dumb trade scenario thread, but I’m just responding to the question of if he’s readable…and I think he’s very tradeable and just giving an example.

      • yankeesgameday - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:59 PM

        Goawaydog,

        Looks like trading burnett is also on Cashman’s mind today: Cashman cautious about moving Burnett http://t.co/H4iKQaGb

      • Kyle - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM

        A.J. Burnett was below league average last season. Most teams could do better than him by plugging in a good but not great pitching prospect, and unless the Yankees ate almost if not all of his contract, he’s not really tradable. Also, I’m sorry, but that offer for Felix is hilariously not even remotely close.

      • spudchukar - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        Finding it tough to believe many teams are chomping at the AJ bit. Perhaps Cashman knows this and realizes he is more valuable with the Yanks than anything they might get in return. Gotta believe the Yanks would have to eat a lot of contract money for the other teams to bite, which probably reinforces the argument to keep him. He is guaranteed 16.5 each of the next two years.

        As for Buehrle, he might make the move to New York, but he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would fit in there. Not a lot of parking spaces for his truck in the Bronx.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 3, 2011 at 8:43 AM

        spudchukar – first congratulations on the Cardinals victory. Now to the matter at hand. Buehrle probably wouldn’t live in the Bronx if he did sign with the Yankees. Also he could probably buy is own personal parking spot for about $20K.

  2. Kyle - Nov 2, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Did CJ Wilson re-sign with the Rangers and I missed it?

  3. jackkoho - Nov 2, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    I’ll be so sad if the Sox don’t re-sign him. He’s my favorite player.

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