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UPDATE: Marlins the current favorites to land Buehrle

Dec 4, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

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6:30 p.m. EDT update: CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien has the Marlins as the favorites to land Buehrle, a scenario that would reunite the left-hander with his former manager in Chicago, Ozzie Guillen. The Rangers and Nationals remain in the mix, and a return to the White Sox still hasn’t been ruled out.

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The hot stove is finally starting to heat up.

According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, three teams have made substantial three-year offers to free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle and an agreement could happen “quickly this week.”

The Nationals, Diamondbacks, Cubs, Marlins, Twins, Rangers, Yankees, Royals, Cardinals and Red Sox have all been linked to the veteran southpaw since free agency began, but Cowley has not been told where exactly the three-year proposals came from.

Buehrle, 32, posted a rock-solid 3.59 ERA in 31 starts this year for the White Sox and boasts a 3.87 ERA over his past seven seasons. He’s topped 200 innings pitched each year since 2001.

Buehrle is said to be demanding a no-trade clause and likely has enough leverage to hold out for one.

  1. burgundyngold21 - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    COME ON NATS!!!!

  2. royals4life - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    I would shit my pants if we got Mark

    • yankeefan1950 - Dec 4, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      And since when do you need a reason?

    • vanmorrissey - Dec 4, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      Don’t worry, you won’t be needing the diapers, I highly doubt he goes there.

    • JBerardi - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:18 PM

      George Brett posts on HBT? Neat.

  3. thegurubrave - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    I hope it’s the royals. They will be contenders very soon if they will quit trading away all of their stars. Doubt it though

    • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 4, 2011 at 3:00 PM

      royals contenders? please the 1980′s are long over

      • Paul White - Dec 4, 2011 at 4:02 PM

        You’re completely oblivious to the fact that the Royals had the second-best run differential in their division last year despite having the youngest team in baseball, aren’t you?

      • marinersnate - Dec 4, 2011 at 4:47 PM

        “You’re completely oblivious to the fact….”

        Harry is competely oblivious to most things. Don’t confuse him with facts.

  4. thejotapee - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    I’m 100% the Marlins are one of the 3 teams offering him a 3-year deal, but we don’t stand a chance in getting him cause we won’t give him a no-trade clause.

    • Old Gator - Dec 4, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, how twoo, how twoo.

    • thejotapee - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:27 PM

      I spoke too soon?

  5. 2r2d - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Should be interesting to see who signs him

  6. Ari Collins - Dec 4, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    I really really hope it’s not Boston. There isn’t a much worse match for Fenway than a soft-tossing left-hander who puts nearly every ball in play.

    • JBerardi - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:21 PM

      Meh. If late-career David Wells could operate in Fenway, Buehrle will be fine.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:29 PM

        If by “operate” you mean, “have an ERA above 4.5,” then yeah. And that’s with a better K rate than Buehrle’s had since 2008 and a lower walk rate than he’s ever had.

  7. rooney24 - Dec 4, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Would love to see the Twins land him. Might make them at least slightly respectable as they try to retool.

  8. proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    I get a laugh when a commentator says that a certain team is the favorite to sign “Joe Blow”. It is very rare that the person is correct. For example, I was reading on another site that an ignoramus said that the Blue Jays were the favorites to sign Fielder. The claim was probably based on a story by Morosi that the Jays should sign Fielder. If he had been reading comments by the President and the GM of the Jays in the Toronto Star and The Globe & Mail, it would have been obvious that the Jays do not want to sign high priced free agents for long term deals. Most of the free agent speculation in the media is uninformed hot air.

    • 2r2d - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:07 PM

      We can all dream LOL

  9. Ari Collins - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    And now the Marlins have apparently offered Reyes 6 years and $111MM. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/12/marlins-offer-reyes-six-year-111mm-deal.html

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