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Buehrle could retire after 2011

Posted on: March 9, 2011 5:53 pm
By Matt Snyder

Though he's not definitely leaning either way, White Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle hasn't ruled out retiring after the 2011 season, when his current contract with the White Sox comes to an end.

"I've set out this year that I'm hoping to play for a couple more years," Buehrle told "The Danny Mac Show" Wednesday (via Chicago Tribune ). "I'm not going to just go out there and play for the money or play in a spot that I don't want to be, just to play for a couple years to get some more money. It's going to have to be a contender and somewhere where me and my family are comfortable. If it happens, good, and if not then if I have to walk away from this game after this year I think I'll be happy with everything I've done."

What Buehrle has done is go 148-110 for 11 seasons with the White Sox. He's made four All-Star Games, finished fifth in Cy Young voting once, won two Gold Gloves and thrown a pair of no-hitters (one a perfect game).

He turns 32 this month and, as a left-hander, it would be pretty surprising he couldn't find work under a pretty solid two-year deal from someone -- even if not the White Sox, who Buehrle mentions might be pining to have Chris Sale join the rotation next year. His 4.28 ERA and 1.40 WHIP weren't great last season, but serviceable enough to stay in a rotation. Plus, his biggest value is that of a durable workhorse. Perhaps the most impressive thing on Buehrle's resume is the fact that he's thrown at least 200 innings in 10 consecutive seasons.

An innings-eater like that at age 32 won't stay on the free agent market too long. If he wants a job, he'll find one. If not, Buehrle will retire with a very admirable major-league career.

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Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:05 pm

Buehrle could retire after 2011

I've got to believe that there are 28-29 teams that wouldn't mind having Mark Buehrle at the back end of their rotation. Given that this story is now surfacing I'm suprised that Yankees haven't come knocking on the White Sox door. After all it's been well documented how badly the Yanks need pitching help. And even though Buehrle is effective, the price tag likely wouldn't be that high either.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:33 am

Buehrle could retire after 2011

It'd be a shame if this guy retired early.  Maybe he's waiting on how the Pujols situation will turn out considering the Cardinals would probably be the only other team he'd pitch for.

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