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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: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:39 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

It will be nice to see if Guillen is really a lousy manager or if it was problems with the ChiSox management that made him so ineffective in Chicago. I thought the White Sox had some pretty good talent there for a while, but Guillen didn't get anything done. Again though, it might not have had anything to do with him.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:22 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.
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.



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

3 yrs 24 million sounds about right to me. What is shocking is that the Marlins wouldn't first go after Wilson, the better pitcher.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

I guess the Marlins outbid themselves! That's too much money for a pitcher in the twilight of his career.
I think that Buehrle is still is good Pitcher, he still has some good years left in him. Keep in mind that some Pitcher play better after the age of 32 then before, the best example is Randy Johnson he won 4 cy young award after he turn 35 years old.  So I don't think it's a bad deal for Buehrle, In my opinion he is going have a good season.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Redasses - No Ill take Papelbon, Rollins and Cliff Lee.. wait.. we already have those LOL..Bell is 4 years older than Papelbon, Reyes is as fragile as a china doll, and Buehrle is trash and old. Cmon now really, Buehrle has 37 wins in last 3 yrs. for $56 million.. They wont even get a win per million. so no i wouldnt take that garbage, and definately not at those prices.
Papelbon and Bell are basically a wash. Age is nothing for a closer. Please tell me you are not trying to say Rollins is a tough guy seeing as he only averages just over 120 games the last 3 years. Also, that stellar 250 average he keeps these days really helps when comparing him to the NL batting champion. The one count I will grant you is Lee. That guy is unbelievable and every team would love to have. You can hardly call Buehrle old trash though. The guy is consistently among the best pitchers in the AL every season. Without a DH to deal with now his ERA will most likely take another dip leaving him in the low 3s. Provided the Marlins put a few runs on the board he should have no trouble putting up at least 15 wins a year. Granted, I'll give you he is not worth 56 million. But, I wouldn't be too surprised to see him put up some career numbers in South Florida playing for his buddy Ozzie.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

The marlins are ruining baseball!



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

LOL @ SPEEDRACER!!!! you say your a red sox fan? but in the NL your a marlins fan?? wow all of a sudden huh?? they spend money and are the big players in free agency this offseason and your now a marlins fan? "your NL team"? hahahahaha what abandwagon idiot!



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:31 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.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

The Marlins are paying them an extra 4 million a year JUST to have to wear that awful jersey!



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

So a injured shortstop (my fav player I can knock him) a solid closer atleast and now a pitcher who has pitched his best days.. Bad move in my eyes I think they do not need to sign everyone in one year to prove a point if this is a thing that will be long term commitment.  Should have just went for Prince


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