Sunday, October 23, 2011

Conor Says... Make A Run At Mark Buehrle

If the Red Sox were able to sign Mark Buehrle, at the very least it would be one more soft-tossing lefty the Red Sox wouldn't have to face. However, Buehrle is a bit more than just a soft-tossing lefty. In 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Buehrle has a career ERA of 3.83, and is coming off a very strong 13-9/3.59/109. Buehrle will be a free agent this offseason and may be looking to leave the perennially disappointing White Sox. You pretty much know what you're going to get from Buehrle- he's a workhorse, who has led the league in innings pitched twice ('04, '05) and games started twice ('04, '08). He doesn't strike out very many people, his career high came in 2004 with 165 strikeouts, and his career average is 5.1 strikeouts per nine innings. However, he walks even fewer people, with 2.0 per nine as his career average. He works quickly, and even though he doesn't throw hard, he shows a great ability to simply get people out. He is coming off his best season since 2005, and I would be very open to signing him for maybe 3-4 years at about $12 million annually. He could become a part of a very formidable rotation with Lester, Beckett, Buchholz, and Lackey.

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