The Miami Marlins signed a top free agent Wednesday but it was not Albert Pujols! The team signed veteran LHSP Mark Buehrle to a 4 year, 58 million contract, the team’s 3rd high profile signing in three days. The southpaw, who broke in with the Chicago White Sox in 2010, was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA over 205 1/3 innings in 2011. He is one of 6 pitchers all time to throw both perfect game AND no hitter. You cannot underestimate the role of new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen in this signing, who was Buehrle’s manager with the White Sox from 2004 thru 2011. The signing also allows the other members of the rotation to fit in slots that are more ideal as well as realistic. RH Josh Johnson, Buehrle and RHs Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad should form an excellent starting staff. Many media reports had the Marlins close to signing St. Louis Cardinals superstar 1B Albert Pujols but team president David Samson confirmed at the Winter Meetings Wednesday night(12-7) that the team was out of the bidding. Several outlets had the Miami offer being for 10 years and 220 million dollars. Pujols or no Pujols, this has been a huge week for the Marlins. The team has now focused on LHSP C.J. Wilson, a free agent from the Texas Rangers. However,he is reportedly close to signing with the LA Angels.
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