This is a blog, where I share my thoughts on the world of sports. I grew up near Chicago, so most of my topics will mainly focus on Chicago based sports teams.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Kenny say it ain't so

The latest twist in the Mark Buerhle saga, is that MARK will be traded. The Sox were close to getting Mark to sign a 4-year 65 million dollar contract. That contract however is below market value(if you can believe that) for a pitcher such as Mark. If Mark signed that deal, it would make him more marketable to be traded than he is now. Kenny Williams will not give him a no-trade clause because the Sox have a history of not keeping their pitchers for the length of their contracts. Mark would not sign the deal without the no-trade clause.

A recent example of this policy would be Freddy Garica. Freddy was scheduled to make 14 million this season, in the last year of his three year deal with the Sox. The Sox traded him to the Phillies as we all know for Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez (minor league pitcher). The Sox also tried to trade Jon Garland to the Astros this past off season. Garlands contract expires after next season.

Mark understands that if he signed the deal, he would not be White Sox no more than 2 out of the 4 years. Tonight, most likely will be Mark Buerhle's last start as US. Celluar as a HOME pitcher. He should receive a standing ovation when he walks off the field for the last time.

The latest rumor has Mark going to the METS or Cardinals.

Goodbye Mark Buerhle, thanks for the memories!


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