Mark Buehrle made his ninth career Opening Day start Friday, but he admitted that he has no idea if it will be his last in a White Sox uniform because of his pending free agency after the 2011 season.
"I guess I've seen people write it before, but it's not like I'm sitting back dwelling on it and soaking it all in thinking that," Buehrle said. "It is kind of weird because this is where I've been my whole career, and you kind of know each year you're coming back. Obviously it has to come to an end whether it's this year or five years down the road. It's kind of weird."
Buehrle, who picked up the win with six innings of work against Cleveland, has been around long enough to know how it works. If the Sox meet expectations and can reach the postseason, as long as he pitches well, there is a good chance the two sides could talk. But with a payroll near the $125 million mark and Chris Sale possibly the lefty-in-waiting to take Buehrle's spot, it's a tough call for the veteran.
"I think you see they're signing a lot of guys for the next couple of years," Buehrle said. "That's what I'm saying, they might not even have it in the plans for bringing me back or if they have the money to bring me back, but again, I'm not worried about it.
"I don't know which route the team's going. If they have some young guys they want to bring up instead of bringing me back, I have no clue. Like I said, I'm not too concerned about it."
Buehrle did admit after the win over Cleveland that while it was nice to get the victory and improve to 4-1 on Opening Day, he shouldn't have been the starter.
"If they would have given me the option this year, to be honest, I think (John) Danks is a better pitcher right now," Buehrle said. "I would have given it to him. I think he's kind of in the waiting to start Opening Day games from here on out."
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