CHICAGO, IL: Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle #56 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Mark Buehrle Just The Newest Miami Marlin

The Miami Marlins aren't slowing down, as they've now signed free agent starter Mark Buehrle to a four-year contract worth $58 million.

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Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins Agree To Four-Year Contract

After making a run Tuesday night, the sense on Wednesday is that the Miami Marlins are basically out on Albert Pujols. Not out completely, but the underdogs. Yet Pujols wasn't the only free agent who had captured the Marlins' interest. The Marlins were also recently declared a finalist for free agent starter Mark Buehrle, and according to Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins done locked him up:

Buerhle to #Marlins: 4 yrs, $58M.

The news has since been confirmed by Jon Heyman. The Marlins were known to have offered Buehrle three years in the $36-39 million range before; they presumably beat out the Washington Nationals by guaranteeing a fourth year and a higher salary.

By signing Buehrle, the Marlins are expected to pull out of talks with C.J. Wilson, leaving him most likely to sign with the Angels. Buehrle joins Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez at the front of the Marlins' rotation.

Buehrle's also reunited with old Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, which might or might not have been a factor in his decision to sign. Maybe Guillen's presence drove Buehrle's price down. Maybe Guillen's presence drove Buehrle's price up. Maybe it had no effect at all!

Buehrle is 32 years old, and he'll be 33 in March. He's left-handed, and he's been as steady as they get, surpassing 200 innings every year since 2001. He has a career ERA+ of 120, and an ERA+ of 113 over the past three years. Based on his history, Buehrle seems predictable going forward. Predictably effective.

Of course, that's not the way things work. Buehrle's history is a positive indicator, but he is getting into his mid-30s, and his strikeout rate is perilously low. There's good reason to be concerned about the end of this contract. There's good reason to be concerned about the start of this contract, kind of.

Still, Buehrle's a prize, and he's the Marlins' prize, just like Heath Bell and Jose Reyes and God knows who else. It's worth noting that Buehrle is probably the best defensive pitcher in baseball, so he helps himself out. It's also worth noting that the new Marlins ballpark is expected to be pitcher-friendly - way more pitcher-friendly than where Buehrle's been playing his home games - which, along with the league change, should help keep Buehrle afloat.

So that's that, and now we'll-

Guess what? I'm told marlins still trying for wilson even after landing buehrle (and reyes and bell). Talking to prince too
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Mark Buehrle Down To Marlins, Nationals, According To Report

I'm going to get you all caught up on the Miami Marlins. They already signed Heath Bell. They already signed Jose Reyes. They have a ten-year contract offer extended to Albert Pujols. They're preparing to look at Prince Fielder if Pujols re-signs with St. Louis. They reportedly have a six-year contract offer extended to C.J. Wilson. And, from Ken Rosenthal, there's this, on Mark Buehrle:

Source: #Nationals, #Marlins finalists for Buehrle. And if Marlins get C.J., that seemingly would leave Buehrle for Nats.

We'd already heard that Buehrle was mulling three-year offers from the Marlins and Nationals. It's unknown whether those offers have been improved from the reported $36-39 million salary range. What's new information is that the Texas Rangers appear to be out of the race.

The Marlins are interested in signing one pitcher, not two pitchers, so as Rosenthal notes, if Wilson accepts their offer, Buehrle might just fall into the Nationals' lap. But if Buehrle accepts the Marlins' offer, Wilson will be left to sign elsewhere - possibly with the Angels. It seems to be a matter of whichever accepts first - if either accepts - which makes me hope that they both accept at the same time.


Mark Buehrle Reportedly Weighing Similar Offers

Sunday, by combining information put out by Ken Rosenthal and Joe Cowley, one could glean that the Rangers, Nationals and Marlins had all offered free agent Mark Buehrle three-year contracts. Monday, Rosenthal provides a little more:

Source: #Twins also on Buehrle, joining #Nationals, #Marlins, #Rangers. Offer not as strong. Others believed 3 yrs in $36-39M range.

Based on that report, the Rangers, Nationals and Marlins have all more or less offered Buehrle the same contract. There could be small differences, but what Buehrle is said to be seeking in addition to three years is a no-trade clause, and at last word, nobody's given that yet.

As for the Twins, by going after Buehrle but offering less than the others, they could be trying to play off Buehrle's familiarity and possible fondness for the AL Central. Or they could just be inept negotiators. It's possible that Terry Ryan is way worse at his job than he used to be.

I'm not sure where this goes from here. Maybe Buehrle ends up with a fourth year, but I could see Buehrle going to the first team that caves and gives him that NTC.


Mark Buehrle Rumored To Be Incredibly Popular

Mark Buehrle is currently a free agent, and while he's going to sign for less money and fewer years than fellow free agent lefty C.J. Wilson, do not take that as an indication that there isn't a lot of interest. Says Jon Heyman:

buehrle a very popular free agent w/ 14 teams in mix. minn, az among surprise entrants, but $14M salary target steep for them

Here's where it gets really interesting. According to Joe Cowley, three teams - two in the National League - have offered Buehrle three-year contracts worth a lot of money. None of those teams, however, have yet included the no-trade clause that Buehrle apparently wants. So there is not yet a deal. But a deal could happen soon, should one of those teams change its mind.

Ken Rosenthal adds more. Rosenthal says that the Nationals, Marlins and Rangers are Buehrle's hottest suitors, so it's possible that those are the three teams to which Cowley refers. He adds that the Marlins have a policy of not handing out no-trade clauses, which is a problem, but until this offseason the Marlins also had a policy of not spending money ever, so things can change.


MLB Free Agent Contract Prediction: Mark Buehrle

Multiple teams -- perhaps as many as 14 -- have inquired about the free-agent lefty. Where will he sign?

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