Sunday, December 12, 2010

Another Trade Option: Mark Buehrle

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the White Sox are listening to offers for lefty Mark Buehrle. While Buehrle is most well-known for tossing a no-hitter in 2007 and a perfect game in 2009, he has been a consistent presence in the White Sox rotation for a decade. Here's a glance at his resume:

2010 - 210.1 IP, 246 H, 49 BB, 99 K, 4.28 ERA, 3.90 FIP, 4.69 xFIP, 45.7% GB
Career - 2271.1 IP, 2389 H, 519 BB, 1287 K, 3.85 ERA, 4.15 FIP, 4.25 xFIP, 46.0% GB

While Buehrle's pitch-to-contact approach does have some inherent risks, it is worth noting that he has had tremendous success while throwing most of his pitches in the incredibly hitter-friendly Cellular Field. Further, as a lefty, he wouldn't be as prone to the perils of the short porch. He's extremely durable, and he pitches deep into games to boot. He'll be 31 on Opening Day, so he should have a decent amount left in the tank, as well.

The White Sox are willing to deal Buehrle due to his pending free agency. Buehrle is owed $14 MM in 2011 and is likely to be a Type-A free agent after the season.

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