George King of the NY Post reiterated this notion, but went even further by claiming that Buehrle could become the Yankees top target.
The 33-year-old lefty is receiving a lot of buzz and I expect he will get more considering this is one of the weakest pitching market to date.
Regardless, like all prospective free agents the same question remains, will Buehrle be a good fit in New York or not?
When discussing Buehrle the answers given have been mixed, which is understandable but expected at the same time.
See, even though Buehrle is ceaselessly dependable, he also comes with an uneasy amount of risk.
Buehrle has been with the White Sox for his entire career; below is Buehrle’s 162 game average from his pro-12 seasons.
It is not a secret that Buehrle is what is called a finesse pitcher; translation is throwing for accuracy without much speed. So, this explains Buehrle’s low walk numbers and why runners don’t get away with much on the bases when he is on the hill.
This explains Buehrle’s low amount of strikeouts and walks as it falls right in line with this type of pitcher. He is an a-typical finesse pitcher.
THE GOOD STUFF:
Without question Buehrle is durable, having never been on the DL, which is clear, as he has never pitched below 201 innings in his career. He holds the record, among active MLB starters, with 11 consecutive seasons posting 200+ innings pitched.
Buehrle’s career winning average is 15 games a season, but has won 13 games total in the last three seasons. His career ERA stands at 3.83, and it has stayed under 4.00 for four of the last five years.
MY THREE CONCERNS:
First, you have to presume that Buehrle will be looking for at least a four-year deal and he will be 33-years old by Opening Day 2012. That means the Yankees will have another player signed into his upper 30’s and you have to worry about regression.
Second, how are Buehrle’s career numbers vs. AL East teams?
Buehrle vs. Boston Red Sox: (regular season, currently active players only)
Buehrle vs. Toronto Blue Jays: (regular season, currently active players only)
These numbers should be a bit concerning since the Yankees will play the Red Sox and Blue Jays at least 18 times over the season.
My last and third issue with Buehrle is that he will give up more home-runs as a Yankee.
The problem here is the other four AL East teams. In the 2011, ESPN rankings the five AL East teams (Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rays, Orioles) snagged one of the top six spots for most homers hit in the AL. Texas was the only non-East team.
Mark Buehrle is a good pitcher, but his age has to factor in here, as well as the money it will cost to sign him.
Yes, the Yankees have money but are the risks worth it with Buehrle?
My opinion is that Buehrle should not be the Yankees favorite when there is a sharper and younger pitcher named CJ Wilson on the market.
- New York Yankees: Choosing Between Oswalt, Buehrle And Wilson (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Scouts Say Buehrle’s a Better Fit For Yanks Than Wilson (slidingintohome.blogspot.com)
- Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers Interested In Buehrle (mlbtraderumors.com)
- MLB Free Agents 2012: Mark Buehrle Deserves More Money Than C.J. Wilson (bleacherreport.com)
- Hot Stove Targeting: Mark Buehrle (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)
- Mark Buehrle to meet with the Marlins today (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Buehrle could become Yankees’ top target (nypost.com)
- Blue Jays’ off-season wish list (theglobeandmail.com)