Color me extremely interested.
Color me extremely interested.
I guess it all depends on how much salary the Marlins are willing to eat. But Buehrle is the ultimate 'Twins pitcher' (soft tosser, no walks, works fast)
If the Twins have to give up a really good prospect (Hicks?) for the Marlins to eat $20 million, getting Buehrle for 3yr/$28m is better than they could do on the free agent market. Especially considering how low-risk he is compared to the field.
Please, no. He's a left handed Carl Pavano.
He's a 2010 Carl Pavano which is extremely valuable considering who has started games the past two seasons. If they ate $20-25 million and it cost something like Hendrix and Keplar why not?
It will cost alot.
The 2010 Pavano cost Yohan Pino and a couple million. I would start looking at cheap guys that are similar to Pavano and not expensive ones (even if the Marlins pay half). I also wouldn't give up good prospects.
If the Twins want to compete this year (it's debatable whether or not that's the right course) it makes sense to overpay for dependable pitching. Buhrele gives you essentially what Scott Diamond provided this season, and that is an extremely valuable asset. Buhrele+a good FA (Marcum, E-Jax, etc.) combined with Diamond, a reclamation project (Baker, Colon, etc.) and whoever of Deduno/Gibson/Hendrix/Pedro Hernandez should provide a respectable enough rotation to compete in the AL Central.
I like Buehrle and he would instantly be the ace of the rotation. Of course, it all depends on what the Marlins want in return and how much salary they eat BUT he will be 34 by the time the season starts, 36 during the last year of his contract. The Twins should take him only if they have to pay $10-11 mil per year and no prospects (of value) in return. I doubt the Marlins would do that and they probably would not have to because I bet some other team will be willing to risk more.
The Twins can't keep relying on pitchers who require the defense to make 80% of the outs. Texas leaguers, seeing-eye singles and infield errors are killing this team. No thank you. Buehrle's a good pitcher but he's not a fit for the Twins. They need to start finding guys who can get outs without relying stellar defense and dumb luck. Buehrle as a #2 or #3 is great, Buehrle as an ace is not and the Twins would view him as such.
Give up a top prospect for a 34 year old with three years left on his contract, when there are tons of pitchers available in free agency? How could anyone be in favor of that?
O ya Buerle pitches super fast and I think could still be a great pitcher in the American League. I also was at the game at the MetroDome where he had a hitless streak of like 15 innings going. Then, of all people, Alexi "biggest dip-lip" Cassilla came up and sliced a base hit. I want to say he also scored and we ended up knocking him out that game. This guy needs to be a Twin, if the Marlins eat a huge chunk of that salary and we get him for a C prospect, I am in...
Did I just talk myself into a deal for Mark Buerle and his massive contract...YUP!!
You have to wonder how much 13 straight years of 200+ IP has worn him down, but who knows, Buehrle seems like a guy who could still have some value in his 40s, if he escapes injuries. His contract is not cheap but I wouldn't be surprised if he outperforms it either. Heck at this rate, I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up in the HoF
I think you have to explore all your options. If Buehrle is the only move they're making, I'd say no. But if we sign a Haren, Sanchez or even Marcum, I think it would be a good move. Considering they just gave up Bell for nothing and ate $8 million, I could see the Marlins eating $15-18 million for a young, cheap starter like Hendriks. Buehrle at 3 years/$30-33 million wouldn't be too bad. Plus who better to teach Diamond how to be the next Buehrle, than Buehrle himself :)
I fully expect this to happen. And I fully expect to be depressed about it and reiterate that this is what happens when you concentrate on winning now and not building a quality organization.
One of my favorite things about Buehrle has always been how fast he works. Seriously, whats worse than a pitcher who takes 45 seconds between pitches.
But honestly, I just don't know how interested I'd be. His age isn't really a factor for me because of how he throws, but I just don't know if I would want him for the price that he could cost.