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Olney: Yankees “highly unlikely” to make a serious run at Mark Buehrle

Nov 8, 2011, 10:30 PM EST

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The free agent market opened for business less than a week ago, so Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is just getting started in his search for a starting pitcher.

He got in touch with the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt over the weekend and contacted Mark Buehrle‘s agent Jeff Berry earlier today. Buster Olney of ESPN.com writes Cashman is just doing his “due diligence” as he gets his lay of the free agent landscape, but he also mentions that it’s “highly unlikely” the Yankees will make a serious run at Buehrle.

Interesting. This is the Yankees we’re talking about, so it’s impossible to rule them out on any free agent, but it sure doesn’t sound like Buehrle will be hurting for offers this winter. The veteran left-hander met with the Marlins today and his agent hinted last week that he could prefer pitching in the National League. While they may get priced out due to the competition in a weak market for free agent starters, Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com notes that the White Sox remain in the mix, as well.

Buehrle, who turns 33 in March, went 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA over 31 starts this season. He has 11 straight seasons of at least 200 innings pitched.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 8, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    If the Yanks were looking for a #4 guy, id say Mark is a nice pick up but this doesnt fit their need and he doesnt have good numbers at Yankee Stadium. Probably a better fit in the NL or AL West

    • paperlions - Nov 9, 2011 at 6:58 AM

      If he was pitching FOR the Yankees, instead of against them….I bet his numbers at Yankee stadium would improve greatly.

      • foreverchipper10 - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        Lackey had bad numbers in Fenway before the Sawx signed him. That logic doesn’t always prove true.

  2. pisano - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    I don’t blame them for passing on him, as harry said they’re not looking for a 4th. starter. The Yankees need a solid No. 2 and No.3 and get rid of AJ in the process.

    • cintiphil - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      I hate to bring this up, but I think Buehrle is a 2nd or 3rd starter. The Yankee staff are serious under achievers. I don;t think that with the current staff, he would be number 4. After the year A.J. had, I would make him my number two guy. But then again, I am not a Yankee fan.

      • Tyree Studio - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:17 AM

        I agree. Buehrle is better than a #4 guy.

  3. cogitobaseballergosum - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:24 AM

    This is Buster Olney reporting. He cites no “insider information” or gives any hint that it’s anything but his own opinion. I expect news of the signing within a week.

  4. apgreco - Nov 9, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    Does ANYONE take Buster OIney serious these days? The other day he started a rumor that the Yankees low balled CC on his contract and that other teams were pursuing CC. That evening, the Yankees announced the CC contract extension! What a joke.

    • paperlions - Nov 9, 2011 at 7:18 AM

      Buster doesn’t start rumors…he just passes them on…that’s what he does. He talks to guys in front offices, scouts, players, etc. and passes on anything that is “on the record”. Of course, the danger in that is that he can then be used to shape public narrative by whoever is passing on the information. It isn’t his fault when rumors he pass on turn out not to be true….but it is his fault if he keeps going back to sources that feed him such info.

      • apgreco - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

        Perhaps that IS what he does……but there comes a point where you are trying to ‘start’ a rumor versus ‘reporting’ a rumor. He should know the difference if he is being played. I also wonder whether his anti Yankee pro Red Sox views are being shown here.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:44 AM

        I also wonder whether his anti Yankee pro Red Sox views are being shown here.

        Oh come on, the guy worked for the NY Times covering the Yanks, and even wrote a book about them. There is no anti-Yankee bias.

      • bigharold - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:51 AM

        “There is no anti-Yankee bias.”

        Oh yes there is!. And, it is vast, deep and unrelenting.

        I’m aware that may sound paraniod. but, jusy because you’re paranoid doen’t mean people aren’t out to get you.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM

        just because you’re paranoid doen’t mean people aren’t out to get you.

        touche :)

  5. steveohho - Nov 9, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Buster Olney is a George Costanza reporter. Just about everything he reports in advance turns out later to be the opposite of what takes place.

  6. Jonny 5 - Nov 9, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    They really don’t need this type of pitcher, “Durable, back of the order pitcher” isn’t what the Yanks need imo. I think they try to land both Oswalt and Wilson.

    • cur68 - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      Frank Fancisco as a closer, too. He’d be perfect for them if they have Oswalt & Wilson.

    • cintiphil - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      Yes, and lets just give them the W-S trophy before the season starts. Is that what you are saying?

    • Cris E - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      Really? Given the offense in New York, I’d say they’d love to roll out a solid #3 guy every five days and minimize the risk of counting on retreads and children. In fact, during the long season teams that score a lot of runs are best served by that exact strategy.

      Now when you get to the playoffs you certainly need the aces, but Buehrle is a lot more ace-like than most of the guys that started for the Yankees last year. And I’d take him ahead of Oswalt and his injured back as well.

  7. amaninwhite - Nov 9, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Buster Olney is a means to an end. All we fans have to go on during the offseason are the rumors and gossip of the baseball world. We hear about someone possibly being signed or traded to a certain team, and we discuss how we think the move will ultimately play out. Yes, all Olney really does is pass on rumors, but it’s what we fans want, and I don’t think we can really complain about that.

    • paperlions - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      Exactly.

      Besides…just because original reports aren’t consistent with the end product doesn’t mean they were inaccurate….these situations are fluid. If 10 teams are in on player X and all 10 are reported…the fact that he doesn’t sign with 9 of the teams doesn’t mean any of the reports were wrong.

  8. linedrivehit - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Open season has started for the Yankees to attempt to buy another championship. Go ahead Yankee fans, give me all your “thumbs down”, but you know it’s true. I was so thrilled when the two teams that tried to buy a championship (Yankees and Phillies) lost out in the first round of the playoffs this year. You should have seen the looks on your faces when Detroit was celebrating…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:46 AM

      Just curious how the Yankees and Phillies are different from everyone else? Are they the only two teams who get players via free agency? Or does that defeat the purpose of your “argument” so you just gloss over it…

    • phukyouk - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      you’re not exactly smart, right? i mean before I make fun of you i want to make sure that you are right in the head

    • lazlosother - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      Because as we all know, everyone elses players play for free, right moron?

  9. bigharold - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    “…the two teams that tried to buy a championship (Yankees and Phillies) …”

    Because every other team doesn’t pay their players? Although, some do get free room and board along with some “beer money”.

    • cintiphil - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      “Big”: The problem is that the two teams you mentioned are buying so much talent, it leaves little room for others to compete. No MLB team is poor, and play the players well (even KC Royals). But the Yanks especially, will go to a quarter of a billion $ just to grab up all of the great players to win the W-S, because they have the resources no one else has. As I said earlier, just give them the trophy in April, and we don’t have to play the rest of the season.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        Once again, who are they buying? Starting lineup last year and how they were acquired:

        C – Russel Martin – FA <$5M
        1B – Tex – FA
        2nd – Cano – Farm
        SS – Jeter – Farm
        3b – Arod – Trade
        LF – Gardner – Farm
        CF – Granderson – Trade
        RF – Swisher – Trade
        DH – Posada – Farm
        DH – Jones – FA <$5M

        So the Yanks flexed their financial muscle to get Tex, and that's it

        Pitching

        CC – FA
        AJ – FA
        Nova – Farm
        Hughes – Farm
        Garcia – FA <$5M
        Colon – FA <$5M

        So yes, CC and AJ were big acquisitions, three years ago.

        Where's the "buying"? 3 players out of 16? Throw Soriano in with Rivera, Robertson and Joba and it's 4/20?

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