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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 9, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:19 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Mistersimple: "Nose dive" or "complete disasater offseason."  Really?  Reyes, Buehrle, and Bell are a "complete disaster?" You can tell me that the Phils wouldn't like to have any of those players? The Marilins probably won't get Pujols, but for a while you must have been tense.  He at least considered the option before falling back on his real agenda of using the Marlins to get St. Louis to go way beyond their best offer.  But that hardly makes this off-season a "complete disaster."  And they aren't done yet.  I expect Sampson to use the funds they put out for Pujols to bring in several additional players.  Give up being a Miami's not becoming esp. coming from a supporter of team (Eagles) who really did take a "nose dive" and have shown to be a "complete disaster."

Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:14 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Now all us White Sox fans need is for Kenny Williams to trade himself to anyone! We'll take a couple of bags of balls and a couple of broken bats for him. If he didn't make those stupid acquisitions of Rios, Peavy, and Dunn in the last couple of years, we could have afforded to bring Buehrle back! He's been the face of the White Sox, along with Konerko for years. As far as I'm concern, he's a HOFer. Let's hitter, perfect game, World Series champ. Not bad!!! I'm just glad he went to the National League. Good luck,Mark, and thanks for all you did for Sox fans!!!

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:03 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Hope the Marlins dont pull an Eagles and lay a fat egg. #dreamteam

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:02 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

If you're a Marlins fan I feel sorry for you, in a matter of an hour you went from Albert Pujols to Mark Buehrle. Not even a Prince Fielder, not even a C.J. Wilson.. Talk about a nose dive!! In my opinion they did exactly what they planned to do all along. Talk a big game, and splash a little game. Sure, Reyes is a nice add, not a great one, a severely over paid one at best who has yet to ever finish a full season. Always one trip, one slide or one leg it out from missing a month. Management tried to act like the Heat and all they wound up doing is obeying the new CBA and getting their payroll up where it HAS to be. Its nice to see them add some talent but this was a complete disaster offseason for Miami Marlins. Jose Reyes has to be livid right now, along with the rest of Miami. Welcome to Mets south buddy!!

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:59 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Should be a fun season to watch. Phillies will still be the team to beat. But the Braves are nipping at their heels along wth Marlins. Washington is improving slowly and they will be getting a healthy Stephen Strasburg back. As for the hapless Mets, the only thing they will contend for is league's worst team!

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:26 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

This may show 'real' fans that the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies are not the only teams 'buying' division titles, pennants and World series rings but under Guillen they won't have any inspiration and a dicisive clubhouse.

Buehrle is always back Guillen but he will divide and conquer especially all 'star named players' he is trying to attract

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:23 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

And comparing them to the Yankees and Cardinals? Do the Tigers have a recent World Series win I have somehow forgotten about? Oh yes, 1984. That really puts them in the class of major contenders year in year out. 
Obviously you aren't going to compare the Tigers to those two teams.  If Detroit could have the payroll luxuries the Yankees have -- they'd have no problem winning their division every year.

Since 2006 with the arrival of Justin Verlander -- Detroit has been in the race for the division or the playoffs, every year with the exception of 2008.  They went to the World Series in 2006 -- knocking off the Yankees along the way and they lost in the ALCS knocking off the Yankees once again.

Detroit has one of the best starting staffs in the MLB with the addition of Fister.  Verlander, Fister, Scherzer and Porcello are all signed until at least 2015.  Cabrera is signed till 2016, VMart is signed till 2014.  So Detroit isn't going anywhere for a long time.  They also have an owner who isn't afraid to make a big splash in the FA market or in a trade if the right player becomes available.

Don't be suprised to see the Tigers outbid everyone for Yoenis Cespedes once he is declared a Free Agent.  It has been said the Tigers Owner has given the green light to go and get him.  Those who know Mike Illitch from his days as owner of the Red Wings, before the salary cap, when he wants a player -- his team gets them. 

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:20 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

How you figure a guy who pitched that many innings (200+), over 30 starts, with an ERA of 3.59 get's lit up all the time? You don't get those numbers by getting lit up and getting yanked early? Also that was in the AL. Do the math bro that just doesn't make any sense. 

He's not an ace he's a middle of the order picther who eats a lot of innings and rests your bullpen.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:20 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

He's an overrated soft tosser who only gets about 10-12 wins a year anymore

Buehrle's win totals for his career, starting with his first full season:
16, 19, 14, 16, 16, 12, 10, 15, 13, 13, 13

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:16 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Mark Buehrle going to the national league!  Left hander! Innings eater!  I think they overpaid for him but he will make an impact for The Marlins who are in it to win it in their brand new digs.  You know that after signing Bell, Reyes and Beuhrle that The Marlins are not done yet!  Expect them to sign a BIG BAT!  MAYBE TWO!  Miami will be a great place to play this year!  It will be alot of fun to see them contend again!  Ozzie Guillen must be crazy right now! 

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