Hot Stove Targeting: Mark Buehrle
Mark Buehrle has been a Chicago White Sox since 2000 and throughout his career he is 161-119. That’s not bad for a starting pitcher. Buehrle will be on the radar for many teams this offseason since he is a free agent, and ever since Brian Cashman said that he was looking for pitching, Buehrle most likely be on the Yankees list as pitcher that they want. Although Buehrle has been with the Chicago White Sox his whole career, Yankee fans wonder if he will be perfect for the New York spotlight, and handle a position in the starting rotation.
Positives: Mark Buehrle started playing for the White Sox when he was 21 years old and showed promise when he went 4-1 with a 4.21 ERA. Buehrle since then had notched at least 10 wins every season from 2001-2011. Not only is Buehrle a winning pitcher, but he has been to the All-Star games 4 times in his career (2002, 2005, 2006, and 2009), won the CY Young award (2005) and is a Gold Glove pitcher (2009, 2010, and 2011). Buehrle is not just a pitcher that can only pitch in the regular season; he can also deliver in the postseason. Buehrle in the postseason is 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA, which isn’t bad compared to what other players have done on the big stage. Here are Mark Buehrle’s postseason numbers in a chart:
|3 Seasons (5 Series)||2||1||4.11||6||4||1||30.2||32||14||14||3||16|
Negatives:With Mark Buehrle there aren’t many negatives except for a few
obvious things. Buehrle sometimes will have A.J Burnett like numbers. What I mean by that is that even though Burnett could get 10 wins in a season, he tends to get more losses in some seasons, and his ERA will be pretty high. Buehrle doesn’t have a lot of seasons where he will get more losses than wins (it’s only happened once, in 2006), but Buehrle has a tendency of having a high ERA in a season, meaning that he gives up a lot of runs. Another thing, this wouldn’t really be considered a negative but Buehrle throws soft like Freddy Garcia. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but with pitchers that throw soft they need to have good control or they will get hit very hard.
Is Mark Buerhle A Fit For The Yankees: If I were Brian Cashman, I would sign Mark Buehrle right away. He the type of pitcher that the Yankees could use in the rotation that already has great pitchers such as C.C Sabathia and Ivan Nova (the future of A.J Burnett is a bit uncertain). Buehrle has proven that he can pitch during the regular season and in the postseason and the Yankees could always use a veteran pitcher on their staff. Of course the media is not the same in Chicago but I am sure that Buehrle can handle the pressures of the New York media. With that, there’s one thing I would ask: Where does Mark Buehrle sign?