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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, CBSSports.com'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 CBSSports.com. 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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Comments

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Yep kind of how the Phillies will win the World Series by signing Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee before even playing the games.

I know that Phillies fans are excited that they matched the Marlins with their 2nd championship back in 2008 but lets not get jealous here.
knightfan,

i have no dog in this fight.  as a tigers fan though -- i've watched buehrle pitch a million times over the last decade or so.  he isn't a "wow" pitcher and he isn't going to be a #1 or #2 starter.  he is an inning eater and someone that will play hard and keep the marlins in alot of games.  for the type of money miami paid him though -- he should be winning games on his own.

to put it in perspective -- he is getting paid more by miami than san fran is paying for Lincecum.  only 11 pitchers in the MLB were paid as much as Buerhle is going to be making in his contract with Miami.  that kind of dollar amount is usually reserved for an ace, not an innings eater.  it may be a need for the marlins, but that is a crazy amount to pay a guy with a career 3.85 era. 



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:04 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Yep kind of how the Phillies will win the World Series by signing Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee before even playing the games.

I know that Phillies fans are excited that they matched the Marlins with their 2nd championship back in 2008 but lets not get jealous here.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:58 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Congrats Marlins!  You're officially the 3rd best team in the NL East!
 



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:53 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

For the Marlins sake, let's hope not. I will say that Reyes and Buehrle don't quite have the egos as LeBron/Wade and the Eagles squad. HanRam on the other hand...



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:23 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

As a lifelong Sox fan, I just want to thank Mark Buehrle for his 12 years with the Sox and wish him luck with the Marlins.  He was one of the classiest and most consistent pitchers I've ever seen.  He is a gold glover who plays the game like it should be played. 



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:07 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

This is shaping up to be Miami Heat / Philadelphia Eagles III

Whats going to be sad, is they're anticipating all this turnout for the new stadium and they will be sorely disappointed.  Miami'ns don't care unless you are winning winning winning.  Even the beloved Dolphins can't fill their stadium if they're half medocre. 



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:02 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Assuming he does win 15 games which he hasn't done in a while,

As I stated, I see him getting a bump pitching in the weak hitting NL.



     would that really make him worth 14.5 million a year? Is this what we are paying third and fourth rotation starters now? 
Not sure he is 3rd or 4th starter in 2012 or 2013. Certainly not #1, but may slot into #2. Gotta ask how many games will the team win that he starts, games where he gives them 7 strong and leaves down a run or tied.
Is he worth that money, no. Was J. Santana worth $21M or Oswalt worth $16M or Peavy $16M, hell no.
But I bet someone else was going to give Buehrle at least $55 for 4 years, so I don't think it was way out.  
He is my favorite W. Sox ever, but I am glad they didn't pay him this. I thought 3 year ~$40 M was what he would get it done at the end of last season, but not that much FA pitching available.


      as a brave fan i love this move for the marlins.


It's nice to have good young, mostly inexpensive pitching. Good luck.  



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:40 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Nope that is the kind of money you would pay a 2b on the bad side of 30 to give you a .764 OPS with no defense or speed like Dan Uggla...whoops.



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:29 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Enchanter,

Assuming he does win 15 games which he hasn't done in a while, would that really make him worth 14.5 million a year? Is this what we are paying third and fourth rotation starters now?  as a brave fan i love this move for the marlins.




Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:27 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Buehlre is gone and this continues. Pujols needs to pick. If he goes we will have no options for Free Agents with over 200 Million Saved. This is unreal. How much does he want? We are all in the Dark. We need to sign him this week or let him go...We need Upgrades. If Pujols stays I hope Craig going to be the starting 2B and not the Bench


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