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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: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:06 am

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Does anyone know the number of free agents classified as type A or B going into this offseason?  The Marlins have signed 3 players who were A or B ( unless i'm really surprised ), and to be able to sign another one the free agent pool of A+B would have to be larger than 62 ( under the last basic agreement ).  Or have the rules been changed?

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:08 am

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Speaking as someone who has lived in Miami for over 15 years I can tell you going to watch baseball in the hot sun(no shade) or crazy rain conditions and most of all having to be in a football stadium which is not nearly as nice as baseball in a real baseball stadium(I grew up going to games at Yankee Stadium). Also the Marlins team were quickly dismantled after winning each World Series and it was hard to feel loyalty to the team when they keep letting all the best players go. With this new retractable roof stadium and all these new big contracts it finally shows loyalty to the team and to the fans and it will be a great place to watch baseball. Everyone picks on Miami baseball fans but you will see that turn around.

Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:19 am

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

I like Buehrle, he was a great pitcher.  Its funny how he threatened to retire on numerous occations and his entire time with the Sox he made it very well know he wanted to play for the Cardinals!  How come you didnt hang it up and hang out with your dogs Mark?  I thought it wasnt about the money?

Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:16 am

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

He did well because was in a 6 man rotation last year.  Marlins overpaid dearly!

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:11 am

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

And yea, the notion they are going off and spending insanely.Not really true. I don't know the exact figure but I think they went into the off season with a payroll in the 40 some million range. Bell get's 9 million. Reyes is being paid 10 million the first two years, then 16, then 22 and then the Marlins have a buyout for 4 million. Buehrle , I'm not sure how that deal breaks down.. but let's just say 15 million. So that is 35 on top of the say 45 for the next two years for around 80 million. The Yankees spending 200, Phillies 170, Red Sox 160, that's insane. 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:56 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Hi Noles506.  So the people in Miami pay to see the stadium and not the team or the game of baseball?  I understand completely why teams want, or in rare cases, need a new stadium, but the fan base has never turned out for the Marlins and my point was that new stadium or not, if they continue to be absent, this team will never be a "big market" team like the story mentions.
No, not just the "people of Miami" , there are people across North America who attend sporting events who sometimes have little to no interest in the actual game, they are going because it is an event. A Stadium (at least for a few years) has a big appeal as folks want to get in there and take in the experience. My reasoning for talking about this new stadium to you is, your talk of Marlins past attendance and it carrying over to this new stadium. I can't really comment on how much a difference the change in location is, because I am not familiar with it. Isn't the Miami area with around 5.5 million people a big market though? 

 That's not entirely true. The fan base has turned out for the Marlins and been there when they've actually spent a few dollars and fielded a team with some players the fans cared about watching. There were enough fans to attract during the playoff seasons for the Marlins that they were selling out the upper deck of the football stadium.
67,000 people for a playoff game! They really didn't do all that well though. First few years 37 & 33 thousand, then after that... haven't topped the 30,000 mark since 94, and even worse only topped 20,000 twice since 1998. New place holds 37,000. No reason they can't sell out every game. I think it's one reason they want to bring in some big free agents to make sure they stay at least competitive and people keep coming to the games. People need to realize this is going to be a complete different experience then Joe Robbie Stadium or one of the other 50 names it has had over the years. 

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:48 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

@TigerJames:  If CJ Wilson is better suited as a "third or fourth starter" in a rotation, what does that make Buehrle?

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:46 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Amidst their money-tossing offseason, I was wondering when the Marlins would make their first Yankee-esque blunder by overpaying a mediocre free agent.  I think Buehrle is a good veteran to have for rounding out the back end of a staff, but this is way too much money for him.  Obviously it has more to do with his relationship with Ozzie than his performance on the field.  It's too bad, because the Marlins were really starting to look like a juggernaut.  This contract is going to cost them the chance to land another Top tier all-star. 

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:43 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

except win the world series in 05

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:42 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

As for C.J. Wilson, I'm not sure I'd touch him with a 10-foot pole. On the other hand, perhaps the idea of him being a No. 1 starter is a bit far fetched. As a role player second, third or fourth starter, he'd certainly be a good addition to just about any rotation out there.

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