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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: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

They can have Buehrle.  He's an overrated soft tosser who only gets about 10-12 wins a year anymore and consistently gets lit up late in the year because of a "dead arm"

 

The Marlins do this crap every few years where they suck for a while and then buy up a ton of big time free agents and win the World Series only then to bitch about having no fans and no money so they have to have a fire sale and get rid of everyone.  The comparisons to the Yankees would be correct if the Marlins had any kind of staying power. 




Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:10 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

4 Years,$58 million dollars contract with the Miami marlins.This means the marlins have spent a total of $191 million dollars on Reyes,Bell and Buehrle Combined.

The new marlins ballpark will play in terms of hitter or pitcher-friendly, but we do know Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field played and its been one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in MLB for years.  



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:10 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

So, with all of these signings, is it reasonable to expect that the Miami Maroon 5, er, Marlins, will see a bump in attendence? Maybe 7,000 a game in 2012? Good luck!





Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Being a Mets fan all I can say is "Oh boy", lets see, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Florida, we've always had troubles vs. the Nationals.  I wonder where the Mets will end up in September 2012?  OK Albert, what about the Empire State Building?



Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

As a Marlins fan,I'll say hello to mark Buehrle.I'm glad he didn't go to the Twins,Indians,Yankees,Red Soxs,Blue Jays,Cubs or Tigers.


The marlins are going to be a big market in MLB.Mark Buehrle will not go bankrupt or lose money.Flordia Fans really like their sports in the sunshine state period.Cool  



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Since when did the Marlins turn into the Yankees?



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

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

I guess KHemmelman forget why the Marlins desperately needed and wanted a new stadium in the first place!!! 

 Did you just call the Tigers a winning ball club? A ball club that contends year after year? The same team that has 2 playoff appearances since 1987?
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. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

As a White Sox fan I'll say good luck Mark Buehrle.  I'm just glad he didn't go to the Twins, Indians, Tigers, Royals, Red Sox, Yankees or Cubs.

I guess the Marlins think that they are a big market club now.   Maybe we'll resign Buehrle when the go bankrupt.   Florida people don't really care about sports 



Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

"winning ball club that contends year after year like the Yankees, Tigers or Cards"

Did you just call the Tigers a winning ball club? A ball club that contends year after year? The same team that has 2 playoff appearances since 1987?



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

I understand signing Buehrle to get a reliable pitcher in your rotation.  But what I don't understand is how this story can claim they are serious about transforming into a large market team?  The past 5 years, their attendance has been 1.5 million or less each year.  That is less that "half" the big market teams.  I know the Marlins got a free ride from the tax payers of Miami paying for 80% of their new stadium and that they are spending like a sailor with a pocket full of money on shore leave, but it seems to me that the people of Miami just don't care about baseball, so a new stadium and spending like this doesn't make any sense to me if the people don't bother to show up.  Moving the team would seem to have been a better solution for the league, but hopefully they can double their attendance and play with the big boys.


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