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Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:00 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 6:55 pm

By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- The Miami Marlins are dead serious. After signing both Jose Reyes and Heath Bell, they've added a third All-Star via free agency. Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle has been signed to a four-year, $58 million contract by the Marlins,'s Danny Knobler has confirmed. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. This means the Marlins have now spent a total of $191 million on Reyes, Bell and Buehrle combined.

Buehrle rejoins manager Ozzie Guillen, who managed him with the White Sox from 2004 to late last season. The story broke during Guillen's session with the media.

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"I'm very happy to have that kid," Guillen said. "He's one of my favorite players. We have what we want [in Reyes, Bell and Buehrle]. Now how about three more? Let's shoot for the moon, just in case."

"Buehrle is an unbelievable family kid."

Buehrle, 32, had previously played all 12 of his big-league seasons with the White Sox. He'll now head to South Beach and serve as the number two pitcher behind Josh Johnson -- assuming Johnson is healthy. Buehrle was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.30 WHIP last season. He also won his third consecutive Gold Glove. He's a four-time All-Star, last making the game in 2009. Also of importance, Buehrle brings championship ring credibility to Miami, having won with the White Sox in 2005.

"He pitched in the big scenarios, big moments, very tough city to pitch," Guillen said. "When people love you in Chicago, that means something."

Buehrle's biggest value lies in his durability. In the past 11 seasons, he has never made fewer than 30 starts or thrown fewer than 201 innings. And keep in mind, he's been pitching in the American League. Against NL teams during interleague play, Buehrle has a career record of 24-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 271 innings.

"Him moving from the American League to the National League, it's a big step for us," Guillen said.

Also, we don't yet know how the new Marlins ballpark will play in terms of hitter- or pitcher-friendly, but we do know how Chicago's U.S. Cellular Park played. It's been one of the most hitter-friendly stadiums for years.

The Marlins now have a strong top four in Johnson, Buehrle, Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco, assuming none of them are traded (Nolasco's name has been in rumors this offseason). And, amazingly, Knobler is hearing the Marlins are still in the bidding for C.J. Wilson.

If you think about it, there's some sense in that. Remember, the Marlins were reportedly hot after first baseman Albert Pujols, reportedly offering up to $220 million. They are now out of the Pujols sweepstakes, says Scott Miller of If they were planning on spending that much money, giving $58 million to Buehrle means they should still have more money they were planning on spending. It would seem that Pujols is no longer a possibility, but Wilson can fit within that budget. Prince Fielder? Maybe. Who knows at this point.

The only thing we know is that, yes, the Marlins are very serious about transforming into a large-market team -- now that they have their new stadium.

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Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:02 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

No clever words of wisdom here...just really, really sorry to see Mark Buehrle go. He is an A#1 class act and one hell of a great pitcher. He will be missed on the South Side of Chicago.

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:58 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Lets call the Marlins what they really hit wonders.  That is what they specialize in.  They spend most of hte decade being non-relevant.  Then, for about 2-3 years, they spend a lot of money, bring in some talent, and make a run for the title. Once that works (or not), they dissolve the team, rake in the money, and become irrelevant again.  This is not how to run a franchise.  Florida's leadership obviously does not know how to make a sustainable, winning ball club that contends year after year like the Yankees, Tigers or Cards .  They have no desire to pay for a team on a consistent basis.  This is what is wrong with baseball and shows that it s purely a business and no longer about the sport.  I know, it hasn't been about the sport for a long time, but this epitomizes it.  Florida will waste a lot of money this year and go no where for it.  I don't see them getting Pujols.  He sees this too.  He is not going to sign a long term deal with a history of not keeping talent around him. 

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:54 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Maybe teams should ignore pitching and concentrate on scoring more runs.  They should use the Phillies model, then try something else.  It doesn't matter how much pitching you have, if you can't score enough runs, you will lose (at least in the post season).

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:50 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

lol the marlins are wasting so much money. Braves and phillies are the best two teams in the NL. They will struggle for a wildcard slot. Their pitching doesnt compare to the braves nor phillies. WASTE

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:44 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Reyes is 28, Buehrle is 31 and Bell isn't old, that's the ultimate sour grapes comment. Here is how I look at it. The marlins have been every team with money's minor league for years. They finally have the new stadium, and an owner willing to spend a ton of money to try and not only win, but draw interest in a town that doesn't seem to embrace baseball. The marlins have managed to win two world series in between dumping all the star players they develop then can not afford to keep. If Hanley Ramirez decides to join the program, and embrace his new leadoff man, this team on paper looks good enough to me to contend for at least a wild card. It all rests on the ace josh Johnson, if he's able to make 30 starts, they should be a very dangerous team. Problem is he's now coming off two lost seasons in his young career, which doesn't seem to bode well. As a mets fan I've got to hope Alderson builds a winning team over the next few years, and I'm fine with that. It's hard to get upset with the Marlins, considering they are finally a have instead of a have not. Nice thing is, it's all settled on the field.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:42 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

I don't care who the Marlins add.  They could add Pujols to the list of players they've signed and they would still be playing for a wild card spot.

The Marlins are a LONG ways from Philadelphia.
I don't know if Philadelphia is that far ahead anymore... not just Florida, but the whole East.  Oswalt wasn't amazing, but he was good, and now he's gone (but you get a whole year of Worley) you also lose Howard for the whole season.

I agree, though, Buehrle is getting overpaid.  It didn't help that it was the Nationals competing for his services.  It hurts to lose a guy to a division foe. 

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:35 pm
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Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:32 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Derek Lowe is old. Your team was stupid for signing a what, then 36 or 37 year old at the time. Dumb signing. Buehrle is 32.
Yep but rahter trade for Jake Peavy (the always injured) or sign AJ Burnett (garbage) they went a safe route and signed Derek Lowe because they were desparate for pitching at the time. I'd say it all worked out better than it could have. 32 isn't young by any means either.

Actually, they were 22nd in runs scored. 8th in home runs.
In the entire Majors probably in the NL they were 9th in runs scored. 3rd in Hrs.

 Had a playoff spot locked in and blew the lead.
And the Jays failed to make the playoffs again.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:32 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Bell has 132 saves over the past 3 seasons playing for San Diego. Is Rivera young?

Reyes is 27. Batting champ last year. 

Buehrle is 32 , hardly "old" or "average".

Bell will be 35 years old in 2012., OK, he's a reliver, but that's almost over the hill.

Reyes will be 29 in 2012., and for shortstop position where you need agility, you're kinda getting there.

Buehrle will be 33 in 2012., and at those age, after 30 something, arm is just not fast as it used have been.

Plus, neither of them is a true star, just a solid player, but overpaid and 2 of them on the verge of being over the hill, or at least very old.
And those guys are supposed to make Miami a contender, LOL.

If they don't get Pujols or Fielder they did jack $*it, 3rd in the division is best they can do.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:29 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Now if the Marlins sign C.J. Wilson and Aramis Ramirez let go Hanley Ramierz pick up Fielder they could contend this coming season thats a very big if most likly not going to happen.

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