Cubs, Nationals May Have Interest In Buehrle

The Cubs and Nationals might be among the suitors for free agent lefty Mark Buehrle this winter.  Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune hears from a source that the Cubs "would be interested Buehrle if the price tag and years aren't astronomical."  And Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post wrote yesterday that "some individuals with ties to the Nationals believe they will pursue Buehrle."

Buehrle, 32, has spent his entire career with the White Sox after they drafted him in the 38th round in 1998.  In each of the last 11 campaigns, he's reached a minimum of 201 regular season innings.  Last year Buehrle posted a 3.59 ERA, 4.8 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 0.92 HR/9, and 44.9% groundball rate in 205 1/3 frames.    

Buehrle is a Type B free agent, and SI's Jon Heyman wrote last month that the White Sox are expected to try to re-sign him to a two-year deal.  Buehrle said in September he'd like to play two or three more years.  He considers the NL a potentially interesting challenge, and has talked many times about pitching for his home-state Cardinals.  However, the Cards don't appear to have a rotation opening for him.  Buehrle doesn't seem inclined to play too far from home, yet he may have reservations about going to the crosstown Cubs.  In theory, the Royals could be in play, but we haven't heard anything yet.

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70 Comments on "Cubs, Nationals May Have Interest In Buehrle"


baseball52
3 years 9 months ago

Buehrle seems like a guy who values comfort very highly, which is why I could see him signing with the Cubs, Sox, or Cards, but not really anyone else.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Cardinals need to trade Westbrook to Tampa and eat half his salary in a trade for Joe Maddon, then sign Buehrle on the cheap!

Wainwright
Carpenter
Buehrle
Garcia
Lohse

baseball52
3 years 9 months ago

Tampa isn’t the Tampa that picked 1st every year, they’re actually pretty intelligent now.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Yeahhh but they still have no fans and spend no money… so nobody will care down there

baseball52
3 years 9 months ago

That’s totally rational thinking. You get a cookie.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

I dont want a cookie, I want friggin Joe Maddon on the Cards!

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

Will you settle for the cookie?

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

If the cookie is good enough to trade for Maddon maybe. Ill throw in Patterson too

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

He’s holding out for 2

adieuordie
3 years 9 months ago

one cookie now, and two cookies to be nom’d later

3 years 9 months ago

i wish i had a cookie :(

3 years 9 months ago

why would tampa want Westbrook? If Joe Maddon was available they could get way more than a Joe Westbrook.

3 years 9 months ago

Is Joe a better pitcher than Jake? 

rockfordone
3 years 9 months ago

who is Joe Westbrook?

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Cause the guy hits Grandslams

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

Lol you’re damaging that best fans in baseball reputation. 

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

What can you say?  He’s a man on a mission.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Just shows every fan base has a few characters… some more than others.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Why because I said I want Joe Maddon to coach the Cardinals next year?
                                        

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

No because you think that the Cards could trade for him for Jake Westbrook thereby implying that Jake Westbrook has value.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

He went 12-9 on the year and is an incredible groudball pitcher. The guy has value, dont be stupid.

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

lol sorry for being stupid.  LOL

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

If he got traded to the Rays, he would have a ton of value… for the Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles, and Blue Jays as a batting practice pitcher.

ubercubsfan
3 years 9 months ago

I thought that was done already by this guy….

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

I remember that year when the Cardinals donated shirts to the less fortunate in chicago.. I think that did that to give cubs fans something proud to wear.

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Ah ha ha ha.  Who else but a Cub fan would have that at the ready?

MrBaseball29
3 years 9 months ago

He’s going to the Yanks

nestleraisinets
3 years 9 months ago

like cliff lee?

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

I heard they are planning on really targeting him, but I’m not sure that Buehrle has any interest in playing there.

daveineg
3 years 9 months ago

I believe I posted that very possibility months ago, and was taken to task by White Sox fans who somehow think players share their dislike of the other team in town.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Ha ha Buehrle will never play for the Cubs.

scott brecht
3 years 9 months ago

he played for ozzie and kenny in the hood.  can’t get any worse than that.  

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Pretty sure playing for the cubs tops that.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

I’d take Ozzie, Kenny, and the possibility (regardless of how remote) of winning a championship over 100+ years of embarrassing failure any day.

the_show
3 years 9 months ago

He still won’t play in that dump called Wrigley

DebaserTN
3 years 9 months ago

David Kaplan agrees: “Informed sources tell me that he has no interest in the Cubs and would not consider them”

burtonbball88
3 years 9 months ago

why are Cardinals fans in Cubs/Sox news feeds? Ah yes they don’t have that many people in St. Louis to brag about their trophy. Why don’t you find some real life friends in the world, or real life, to talk to about it, and stop being stupid on every Cubs feed.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Did you really just stutter while you typed? Read the article! Cardinals are mentioned in this…

I do have “real life friends in the world” just so you know.. haha wow

crashcameron
3 years 9 months ago

“real life friends in the world” those letters and numbers on the keyboard?

burtonbball88
3 years 9 months ago

Sorry, my bad, I did not read the whole article, but still your comment has nothing to do with the Cards… so….

thedudeabides1
3 years 9 months ago

The Buccos need to sign him!

Christopher Soto
3 years 9 months ago

When was the last time the Buccos signed anyone of value???

thedudeabides1
3 years 9 months ago

Hopefully this year they actually do sign some meaningful FAs, dropping bums like Cedeno is a good start.

3 years 9 months ago

Always felt like Mark Buehrle was under appreciated. His numbers aren’t quite as good overall as I expected, but he’s a great middle of the rotation guy for a good team. 

From 2001 to 2011 he led all of MLB in IP, even ahead of CC and Halladay and he’s 7th in WAR over that span.

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Buehrle must be pretty burly to log 11 consecutive seasons over 200 IP.

setupunchtag
3 years 9 months ago

Kinda surprised, but glad to see the Royals mentioned. Buehrle is a tough, maddening pitcher; doesn’t blow people away, but it seems like batters usually have a difficult time making solid contact against him. He will be a great addition to ANY team, frankly, if he goes anywhere.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Proximity.

Shawn from New Hampshire
3 years 9 months ago

Wish the Bosox could get him, not sure if he wants to come east

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

If I were you I’d take a look at his splits in Fenway, against the yanks, and against the Rays before I’d make that wish.

bomberj11
3 years 9 months ago

Seems like most every team should/could be in on Buehrle…

rockfordone
3 years 9 months ago

Buehrle will be back with Sox – 3 tens option in 4th year.
If Rizzo wants someone (arms) trade for Danks. Like Danks and Frazor for Storen

stewie75
3 years 9 months ago

yeah i’m sure the nats are beating down the sox’ door for that offer.

kräftig. entschieden
3 years 9 months ago

Trololol.

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

I know people who are friends with Buehrle, as of a couple of years ago his plans were either play for the Cardinals, the Sox or retire.  I suppose the cubs might be a possibility, but I wouldn’t be shocked that if the sox don’t resign him that he retires.

wsox05
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah I can’t see Jerry Reinsdorf letting Buehrle walk away.  He will step in just like he did with Konerko and Pierzynski.

3 years 9 months ago

As a Jays fan, I think Buehrle would be very welcome in Toronto’s rotation.

rico7207
3 years 9 months ago

Couldn’t even keep Halliday there, so it will continue to be double A pitching in TO. Players are not dumb.

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Priceless

crashcameron
3 years 9 months ago

but some posters are really dumb. really

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Posters on the other hand…

cachhubguy
3 years 9 months ago

Buerhle would never go to the Cubs. He understands the rivalry and would not do that to the White Sox fans. He’ll stay with the Sox and they will probably trade Danks.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah becase money never talks!

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

i think the nats should give him a look, but go after darvish as priority to buehrlie

lefty177
3 years 9 months ago

if I’m not mistaken, was he not the 1 who last year said that he was possibly thinking about another year or so if he keeps pitching well & if not then retirement?

JimBaily
3 years 9 months ago

This sounds like it may be Theo sticking it to the Sox and increasing the cost of them resigning him. I don’t see any reasonable possibility of him ending up on the Cubs, but they could certainly drive the price up.

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 9 months ago

I’m sure the Nationals have interest in Wilson, Darvish, Buerhle, Oswalt, and Jackson to varying degrees

fenwayfan222
3 years 9 months ago

What about the Red Sox? They need SP, and can certainly afford him. He’s solid and consistent which is what the Red Sox need, I think that would be a pretty good fit, and not just saying that as a Sox fan.

Pedro
3 years 9 months ago

The Cubs not being competitive.

JimBaily
3 years 9 months ago

 Just my opinion but I see 12 as a tear down year for the Cubs and if that is the
case, what’s the point in signing Buehrle?

stewie75
3 years 9 months ago

he’s said before how he’d NEVER play for the cubs. at the end of the day, you never know, but i’d guess he’d never play on the north side. though i do like the idea of theo jumping in to drive up the price our competitors have to pay to keep their own players.