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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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:42 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

You're right dan. The reason this deal got done so fast is because Buerhle isn't stupid and there are 29 other GM's that are now cringing because the market value of CJ Wilson just went a lot higher than HE is worth as well because of this.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:40 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

They over paid. 3 years 24 million is what I think he's worth.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:38 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

This is an awful decision.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:36 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

The Marlins will be better. Cool.


The Phillies are still "the team to beat."

The one thing I would like to point out though, is that the Marlins have won the WS 2xs in the past 20 years and still cannot maintain their attendance.

A $700 million dollar venue and all these big free agent contracts could be trouble for this team in a few years. Just sayin.
Good luck to them though. I've always thought the Marlins were a good franchise. But WTF is up with those uniforms???????

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:31 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

You say it's "not how to run a franchise," but the Marlins have won two World Series in the last 15 years doing that. Is a championship only legitimate if the team is a regular contender? 

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:21 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Well crap, was hoping the Tigers would pick him up. A left-handed finese pitcher added to their righty-heavy, power pitching rotation would have been awesome. 

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:20 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

@echele112 Howard is not gone for the whole season. He could miss a month or two but not the whole season. 

Bell, Reyes, and Buehrle are not going to make up winning 30 games to win the NL East which is how many they were back of first place last season. Are they better this year..sure...but they didnt make upgrades that are going to win them 30+ games from last year. Reyes wasnt a factor with the Mets with Wright. Buehrle is a decent starter not great. And Bell pitched in a huge ball park. 

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:12 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

2003 team was not like that.... be real  learn your facts     
    its not Florida anymore pal....its MIAMI!!!!   MIAMI MARLINS!

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:05 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

And the Jays failed to make the playoffs again.
Off topic much? What does that have to do with the NL East? If you want to go that route pal, for all the regular season success, all those division titles, they have one championship since 1957 to show for it. I think your still mad over 92. OHHH...ohhhh ...OHHH.... LOL

Good luck to your Braves this year.  

Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:05 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Really, it still remains the Phillies and evrybody else.

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