Market for Buehrle may be moving too fast for White Sox

Market for Buehrle may be moving too fast for White Sox
Always moving fast // Chris Sweda/Tribune Photo

There are several reasons why Mark Buehrle isn't expected to re-sign with the White Sox.  For one, they have half the league to compete with, which can really work to drive the price up, dont'cha know.  Also--sidestepping a discussion of how he got to the point of being up for market value--perhaps a veteran starter at market value isn't the best allocation of resources for a team that's trying to reduce its commitments, and could spend a year or two, as they say in war movies*, in the suck.

*I don't know what they actually say in war.

But most expressly, the immediate reason why Rick Hahn is not hammering out the details of Buehrle's right at this moment, is because there's no room.  As is, the White Sox have 5 starters, and 2 go-to (maybe even 3) spot-starter candidates in case of injury.

Oh, they could sign Buehrle, but as presently constructed he'd be filling up a spot in the rotation that's currently filled.  It would set up the awkward scenario where Sale and Buehrle both walk out to the mound at the same time, bump into each other, and Buehrle has to give Chris one of those withering older brother-type glares to scare him off.  Or worse, he'd teach Sale a lesson by sitting on him.  Which isn't good for anybody

"Hey, what took you so long getting back from the game?  I thought Buehrle was pitching today"

"He was, but him and Sale both walked out to the mound at the same time like they were both going to pitch, then they started talking to each other all annoyed and stuff, and then Buehrle sat on Sale...and didn't get off for like an hour and a half."

...

"If there's someone else, just say it."

 

Of course, Floyd and Danks are perceived to be very much on the market, so much so that it'd be a mild surprise to see both of them on the roster by Spring Training.  Kenny Williams is very clearly waiting on the market to reach its apex during the Winter Meetings before determining his play with those two.

The question is whether such a patient approach will wind up making up his mind for him on Buehrle.

The biggest obstacle preventing Mark Buehrle from signing in Miami is the team's reluctance to give him a no-trade clause, according to Rosenthal. The holdup in the talks may push the Marlins to pursue another free agent lefty, C.J. Wilson.

Though Buehrle prefers the Midwest, he'd be happy to join former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen in the National League.

On one hand, by asking for a no-trade clause, Buehrle is making a demand out of something that would be inherent in any White Sox deal (due to 10-5 rights), and appears to still be strongly valuing personal comfort level and stability.

On other hand, Buehrle is no longer just fielding offers, but setting more stable parameters for his ideal contract.  With the number of interested parties, it's extremely likely that Buehrle will have a contract that meets his criteria offered (with a no-trade clause) in the early portion of the Winter Meetings.

It'll be asking a lot for Buehrle to hold off until the White Sox are ready to make up their minds.

That is, if they even care.

 

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