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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: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:10 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

I haven't read all of the post here, not sure if it was mentioned, but Buehrle is 24-6 vs NL.


3.32 ERA
271 IP
3.28 SO/BB ratio


And the NL sucks. Buehrle easily coasts for the first 2 years, wins 30 games for sure.

By year 4 the contract won't look so good, but lot's of teams have to eat the end of bad contracts.    &
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Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:01 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

I don't know what makes everyone think that the Marlins were that far away from competing for the playoffs that making these moves doesn't make them instant contenders. They mailed it in at the end of last year, but started 30-20 before Johnson went down. Not to mention that they had at least 80 wins in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and finished ahead of the Braves (who are aparently  always contenders) in two of those years. They had a perfect storm in 2011 where their best player and 2010 ERA leader (Josh Johnson) was injured and Hanley Ramirez, Infante, and Buck decided to have career worst seasons.

If the Marlins can convince C.J. Wilson to sign or Vazquez to come back they are looking at a rotation of Johnson, Buehrle, Sanchez, Vazquez/Wilson, and Nolasco. We all know Johnson and Sanchez are legit #1 and #2 pitchers and between Buehrle, Nolasco, and Vazquez that is 3 pitchers who have 27 seasons with double digit wins out of 28 pitched this decade. (Nolasco's injury in 2007 where he pitched only 21 innings being the only outlier). Those guys are consistant winners and innings eaters.

There was never a problem with the Marlins lineup and with Morrison and Stanton with just 1 more year of experience under their belt and Ramirez, Buck, and Infante looking to rebound from horrid seasons, they were going to be better anyways. Now you replace Wes Helms/Greg Dobbs in the lineup with Jose Reyes? Are you kidding me?

The Marlins were not that far away from contending prior to these signings and with the signings they hit 3 major weaknesses of the team. They came in needing a speedy leadoff man, a solid relief pitcher and a proven starter who can eat up innings. They hit it out of the park if you ask me.





Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:57 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

All i can say is dumb, dumb, dumb.  The guy isnt worth it. And guillen knows this. Kind of hope that the marlins load their roster with overpaid athletes to try and buy a championship.(yanks,Boston, Tigers, Texas, D-backs, Dodgers) and fail. And they will. I mean ozzie is the manager right? Worthless piece of junk. Can anyone understand the dude?
Yeah, dumb. The Marlins tried it once before back in 1997 and see how that worked out. This Marlin team was a missing a leadoff hitter, a closer and needed some starting pitching. Why would they go out and sign Reyes, Bell and Buehrle? How dumb can they be. Everyone knows that you can get free agents without overpaying.  Great Examples (Yanks, Red Sox, Tigers, Rangers, D-backs - I will throw in the Phillies) look how horrible these teams were last year. You can see from these examples that spending does not mean that you will win a lot.

Miami heat tried to buy a championship too...and failed.
Yeah - all they did was get to the NBA Finals in their first year together. Everyone knows that getting to the NBA Finals is a failure.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:36 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Rumor has it they will only close the dome when it rains and it will be open the rest of the time.  That defeats the purpose they intended for the having the dome.  Like you, I've been a Marlins fna for years.  My folks had season tickets for quite some time.  The cold hard fact is, they will not support the team in downtown.  The stadium is in a congested area, it is hard to get to (no real public transportation to speak of), it will be expensive to park and take a family of 4 to a game, etc.  I really don't think the fan base is down in Miami.  Most of the people I knew that went were from Broward and Palm Beach counties and they have made it difficult and time consuming to go see games.  The fear should be they buy to win a championship and dismantle the team again.  I think they draw well this coming season and then, if not competitive, it goes back to how it's always been.  The only difference being is that the Marlins keep the revenues generated by the stadium.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:08 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Where did you hear it has a no-trade clause? From my understanding, the Marlins don't sign contracts with no-trade clauses. At least that's what was reported when they just signed Reyes.
Unless Buehrle waived that part because they offered him 4 years and 58 million -- the main sticking point for Buehrle for all his contract negotiations this summer was -- a no trade clause.

That is the reason why Detroit gave up on going after him, as Buehrle's agent said he wouldn't sign a contract with any team without a no-trade clause.

I just assumed the no-trade clause was part of the deal, as that was the major sticking point his agent was asking for when negotiations began this summer. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:34 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Someone needs to tell the Marlins to stop wasting money.They are in the NL East which will be owned by the Phillies for years to come.The Braves are always contenders & Washington started spending big money last year on FA's to go along with their young prospects.Good luck if you think spending $$ will win the division,let alone go any further.
They should beat the Mets & that's about it.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:33 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

He is a solid pitcher, but at his age, a 4 year deal with a no trade clause for that kind of money is over paying him. 
Where did you hear it has a no-trade clause? From my understanding, the Marlins don't sign contracts with no-trade clauses. At least that's what was reported when they just signed Reyes.




Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:11 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

All i can say is dumb, dumb, dumb.  The guy isnt worth it. And guillen knows this. Kind of hope that the marlins load their roster with overpaid athletes to try and buy a championship.(yanks,Boston, Tigers, Texas, D-backs, Dodgers) and fail. And they will. I mean ozzie is the manager right? Worthless piece of junk. Can anyone understand the dude? 


Miami heat tried to buy a championship too...and failed.   



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:19 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

 The guy is consistently among the best pitchers in the AL every season.
Mark Buehrle is among the best pitchers in the AL every season??  Is he an innings eater??  Yes.  Is he durable??  Yes.  Is he among the best pitchers in the AL every season??  No.

He is, what he is.  A durable pitcher, who will give you 200 IP.  He can field his position well and isn't going to hurt a team with his defense.  To call him one of the best pitchers in the AL every season is over the top.  Justin Verlander, CC Sabbathia, Jered Weaver, Felix Hernandez -- those are pitchers you can say are among the best in the AL every season.  Mark Buehrle is NOT in that conversation and not even close.

He is a solid pitcher, but at his age, a 4 year deal with a no trade clause for that kind of money is over paying him. 



Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:44 am
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Upon further research the new basic agreement, which will come up for a vote in a few days, dispenses with the type A and B system.  Still not sure if there are limitations on how free agents a team can sign.


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