Friday, November 4, 2011

Mark Buehrle To Consider All Comers

It's been a long, strange trip to free agency for Mark Buehrle.

It all started a few years ago when after signing a deal with the White Sox, Buehrle said he'd probably retire when his contract ended. The retirement talk ended the closer the end of his deal came, but his possible destinations were basically limited to the same two teams it had always been: the White Sox and Cardinals.

Then free agency actually came, and guess what? He'll pitch anywhere.

Ken Rosenthal talked to Buehrle's agent Jeff Berry who made sure to tell Rosenthal that Buehrle is "wide open" to pitching anywhere.

“Mark is not going to eliminate any team from free-agent consideration,” Berry said. “But having pitched 12 years in the American League, the National League certainly will have some appeal to him.

“There is no DH. It’s obviously less of a hitter’s league. And Mark has had great success in his career against the National League.”

Now, before you start to worry about the idea that Buehrle is willing to sign anywhere, don't be. I can pretty much guarantee that Buehrle's preferred destinations are the same as they've always been.

Berry's just doing his job with this quote.

If he were to tell Rosenthal, or anybody, that Buehrle just wants to pitch for the White Sox, Cardinals or maybe the Royals, well that gives all the leverage to those three teams. However, if he says that Buehrle's considering signing anywhere, well then those teams have to offer him a competitive deal.

In other words, Berry is trying to make sure that Buehrle gets to pitch where he wants, and for as much as he wants.

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