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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: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:06 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

To those thinking that the Marlins overpaid we will just have to wait and see. The Marlins think they have the money to spend and who else are they going to get out of free agency? They could have traded for a starter, but would have had to give up talent from other areas. By signing Buerhle (who without question is better than Chris Volstad) the rotation is improved without having to trade talent from other areas. It is a lot of money, but it is exactly what the Marlins needed. They already have pitchers in Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez who have great "stuff" and the ability to fill in the #1 and #2 starter roles, what they needed was another innings eater who will win 13-15 games, carry an ERA in the mid 3's, and take stress off of the bullpen (something Volstad nor Vazquez could not do last season). If you look at what happened to the Marlins last year after they started 30-20, their bullpen (after starting off the season excellent) was overused due to a combination of Josh Johnson getting injured and Vazquez and Volstad being 5 or 6 inning pitchers. The only other starting pitchers that were available on the market that fit that need were Wilson and Kuroda. Wilson would have cost alot more and Kuroda would be even harder to pull away from the Dodgers who is the only team he really wants to play for.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:04 am

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Love Buehrle as a guy, but he's just nothing more than a an unspectacular pitcher who will probably give you 200+ innings of .500 pitching.  He's basically Ricky Nolasco with 2/3 of the strikeouts at almost three times the money. At least Miami's getting a solid citizen to offset the Osbornes... I mean Guillens.

Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:14 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Someone mentioned Buehrle will get more than Lincecum. The thing to remember about salaries is that players are different ages and sign in different years, with different amounts of leverage.  If Lincecum keeps up his numbers, once he comes a FA his new contract will have an annual salary that tops Buehrle's.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:54 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Dolphins still average 60,000 fans a game. nearly 80% capacity. 

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:03 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

There is value in being able to pencil in a pitcher for 10+ wins and 200+ innings (something Buehrle has done 11 straight years). A big problem the Marlins had last year was their bullpen being taxed because their starters couldn't get deep into games. Also a 3.8 career ERA in the AL is pretty good translates to an evan lower ERA in the NL. 
I guess we see value a little differently -- if 10+ wins and 200 innings is worth a contract of almost 60 million over 4 years, then sure Miami made a good deal.

If I'm paying a pitcher that much money -- you better be winning 15+ a year and pitching 200+ innings and being able to put the team on your back and win a few games on your own.  I don't see Buehrle doing this -- I see him doing exactly what you said -- winning 12-13 games and pitching 200 innings.   

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:21 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Whats going to be sad, is they're anticipating all this turnout for the new stadium and they will be sorely disappointed.  Miami'ns don't care unless you are winning winning winning.  Even the beloved Dolphins can't fill their stadium if they're half medocre. 
I think it is you who will be sorely disappointed, if you do not think they will draw well this year. Check out how Marlins attendance was their first few years. I know that suite sales have been going very well.

Please check out how the Dolphins have been doing. They did not win a home game last year and started out this year by losing their first 7 games. Their record over the last 5 years is 32 wins and 48 losses.  I would call that bad. I have gone to a couple games this year anyways.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:01 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

As a Twins fan, I am glad to see Buehrle out of the American League.  He always seemed to beat MN, but then again everybody did last year.  He doesn't throw hard, maybe 85-86 but he changes speeds very well, locates the ball and wastes no time between pitches.  It was not unusual for games he pitched in to last around 2 hours.  The defense always plays better behind a guy that works quickly and throws strikes.  He is very similar to Greg Maddox.  I bet he does very well with the Marlins.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:36 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

Congrats Marlins!  You're officially the 3rd best team in the NL East!
There you have it. Phinsphan02 has spoken, so no need to play the games. Amazingly enough sometimes things happen differently than we think they will. So just becuase you think they are the third best team in the NL East that does not mean that will be how they finish this year.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:23 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

For the Marlins sake, let's hope not. I will say that Reyes and Buehrle don't quite have the egos as LeBron/Wade and the Eagles squad. HanRam on the other hand...
Hey if the Marlins get to the World Series and win a couple games, I am going to be a very happy fan. I find it hilarious that so many people are using the Heat as an example of a failure. In their first year together they nearly won it all.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:14 pm

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle

There is value in being able to pencil in a pitcher for 10+ wins and 200+ innings (something Buehrle has done 11 straight years). A big problem the Marlins had last year was their bullpen being taxed because their starters couldn't get deep into games. Also a 3.8 career ERA in the AL is pretty good translates to an evan lower ERA in the NL.

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