Astonishing Tales: Mets Pursuing Mark Buehrle?

An article by posted on December 6, 2011

According to Anthony DiComo of, the Mets are one of five teams on free-agent pitcher Mark Buehrle’s list of finalists, according to an industry source. The Rangers and Marlins are also on the list.

DiComo also adds that after losing shortstop Jose Reyes to the Marlins, the Mets have $20-25 million to spend on player acquisitions, freeing them up to pursue higher-caliber pitching than they once thought possible.

But, that payroll range includes money needed to pay Pelfrey and Pagan who will earn about $10 million combined. Sandy Alderson has already confirmed that…

Yesterday, Ken Rosenthal of said teams were offering Buehrle three-year deals worth about $40 million, and Jon Heyman later said that the first team to give him four years will likely end up signing him.

I’m not understanding the logic here…

Why are the Mets even mentioned in this rumor?

Buehrle is a solid pitcher and a great competitor, but he’s 33 and by the time the Mets are relevant again in 2014, Buehrle will be 36.

And how can the Mets even afford him anyway?

I swear, I think half of these rumors are just so silly and make little sense.

Hat tip to Alex68 for the link.

4:10 PM Update: Sandy Alderson told reporters today that there is no way he will spend all of his remaining money on a free-agent starting pitcher like Mark Buehrle or C.J. Wilson.

Hat tip to Sach for the tip.

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