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Nationals visiting “top free agent choice” Mark Buehrle at his home in St. Louis

Nov 21, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Mark Buehrle is rumored to be fielding offers from nearly half the teams in baseball and the Nationals are pulling out all the stops, with Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reporting that they’ve made Buehrle “their top free agent choice” and are visiting the left-hander at his home in St. Louis today.

According to Kilgore the two sides first met last week at the general manager meetings in Milwaukee, so today’s get-together presumably could include a contract offer.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has said repeatedly that he’s looking for a veteran, innings-eating starter and Buehrle has thrown 200 or more innings in 11 consecutive seasons, so the 32-year-old obviously fits the bill.

Interestingly, after years of speculation about Buehrle wanting to pitch in St. Louis the Cardinals are one of the few teams not linked to him this offseason.

  1. spudchukar - Nov 21, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Shhh. After we move Westbrook and Lohse, he and Oswalt are our #4 and #5.

    • cintiphil - Nov 21, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      In your dreams. You got Westbrook, and you are stuck with him.

      • spudchukar - Nov 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

        As the Rangers contemplate extending Hamilton to a long-term deal, I will still take Westbrook over Volquez.

    • cur68 - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      Pssst, Spuddy: My beaverproofing arrived. Can confirm that, since its 15 below 0 centigrade today, they work well in the cold. Will advise re actual beaver confrontational properties as events unfold.

      • spudchukar - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:52 PM

        Thanks for the update. The commercials are a hoot. Have you caught any yet in the attic?

  2. cintiphil - Nov 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    So, it’s a straight up trade. One is no better than the other except, Volquez can throw about 95-100 MPH.

  3. burgundyngold21 - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Love it. Get it done Rizzo.
    We could be looking at a rotation of
    Jordan ZImmermann

    Yeah, thats what you call starting pitching depth!

    Makes me think we might find our CF via trade rather than FA.
    Lannan might be the odd man out
    peacock and milone will probly start in AAA

  4. burgundyngold21 - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Nats are on the RISE! FIGHT FOR OLD DC!

    • spudchukar - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:54 PM

      Look for Ian Desmond to be dealt. They didn’t send Espinoza to the Arizona Fall League to play SS for nothin’.

    • cintiphil - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      Someone will take over from the Phills this coming year. I personally have picked Atlanta, but then maybe your team can do it.The Phills have too many holes and I don’t know hos they can fill them all. I don’t think Wigginton is the aswer.

  5. pxeeks - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    He’s washed up.. Go PHILLIES!

  6. mojosmagic - Nov 21, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    A team wins 102 games and has Cole Hamels as its 3rd starter is full of holes? Ok. Maybe the holes are in your head.

    • cintiphil - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      Yes, they are solid at first and third base. Wigginton will be the answer there. And at 3rd base, they are set with a guy who hit what? last year? And how many days was he hurt? And are they even gong to sign him again. And the outfield, well there is where they are the strongest. How old is Ibanez? Can he play every day?And they have Werth in right field… No wait he is not there any longer. The only everyday stong player they have in the outfield is Victorino, and he is getting hurt a lot lately. But maybe this is the year for him too. Good Luck, but watch out for Atlanta.

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