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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: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:14 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.



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Baseball never should have expanded to Florida !!!  They have never CONSISTANTLY SUPPORTED their teams.  Tampa Bay has been to the world series and been contenders for years ...   YET they can't get anybody to come to their games!

The Marlins not any better   ... now they have a new stadium  ....   we'll see.

Spring Training is nice   ....   but these teams need to prove that they can support their teams!

LAST CHANCE guys  :-)

Craig



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

MikeD, I don't disagree with you on the Tigers competing in the future. They were impressive last year. I really thought they could of won it all. But it's not like they don't spend money. They had a 105 million dollar payroll. 
The thing about the Tigers and their 105 million dollar payroll is -- two other teams in their own division had higher payrolls (127 million for the White Sox, 112 million for the Twins).  Difference is -- Detroit has done it right.  The players they have locked up long term, with the exception of VMart (who is a DH) are all 28 and under.  The rest of their core players are all locked up and signed long term.  Verlander, Cabrera, Fister, Scherzer, Porcello, Avila, VMart etc. are all locked up and will be with the team for years to come.

They had two bad contracts last year -- Magglio and Guillen -- both are off the books now.  They have a plethra of pitching talent in the minors, but they lacked in position players in the minors.

Also -- saying Detroit had a 105 million dollar payroll is spending alot -- just think, the Yankees payroll last year was 202 million.  THAT is spending alot.  If Detroit could add 97 million dollars more in payroll -- they could field an all star team.  The only thing the MLB has going for them is the ineptitude of the Yankee front office to sign any good pitchers and wasting MILLIONS on aging veterans.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

The difference between past years is the Marlins will be playing in a state of the art stadium as opposed to a football stadium. No more fans battling the humidity and the dead heat of summer. It is air conditioned with a retractable roof. No more rain delays.Even if they don't make the playoffs right away, they will be a bit more exciting to watch. That is what you want to give the fans, some good entertainment. If they do well putting butts in the seats this season, they expect them to continue to add pieces. I'm not even a Marlins fans, just happy to see them finally be taking steps forward instack of backwards simply as a baseball fan.They should at least draw 30-35 thousand per game, that's a hell of a lot better than under 20.



Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Hey douche, Buehle is a character guy.  He adds value to any clubhouse.  He's an unbelievable fielder and eats innings.  He played for a terrible defense in Chicago.  How can u mention Rollins and Lee who are both older than 32 year old Buerhle and then call him old and trash.  You're one of the idoits from Philly who give the rest of the fans there a bad name.



Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

How do Marlins fans feel about a stupid short sited GM bankrupting their team again? This is not a team that was close last year filling a couple of holes and making themselves a contender, its a team that was no where close over paying for 3 free agents that no one else thought was worth that price. If the Marlins get lucky maybe they make the playoffs for one year again before decending into oblivian for another decade.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:34 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. 
Maybe next year they will get out of the first round!!!! Baby steps!!!

MikeD, I don't disagree with you on the Tigers competing in the future. They were impressive last year. I really thought they could of won it all. But it's not like they don't spend money. They had a 105 million dollar payroll. 

 



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

This guy is a little over rated and is now definitely OVER PAID. Nearly $15 million a year for a borderline number 3, number 4 pitcher is a recipe for disaster. Anyone else think the Marlins have NOT improved their team that much with Reyes, Bell, and Buehrle? Pujols is a game changer, so if they can pull that rabbit out of the hat, I'll change my mind on the Marlins off season.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:27 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. 



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

As a Red Sox fan I'm bummed that they could not make the same deal.  Buehrle is solid; in a sense I think he's the guy the Sox were hoping to get with the Lackey signing.  However in the NL the Marlins are my team, and I think this is a smart call on their part.  They do need to add a RBI producing middle-of-the-order bat somewhere along the way to next year.  The NL East needed a shakeup like this, and credit to Loria for dropping the coin to give the new stadium a chance to generate and draw some more regular paying fans.



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