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3/23/1979 (38 y, 5 d)
1998 June Amateur Draft - Round: 38, Pick: 16, Overall: 1139, Team: Chicago White Sox
$58M / 4 Years (2012 - 2015)
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Year in Review:
Buehrle had a solid 2009, highlighted by a perfect game and a stretch of 45 straight batters retired. His FIP took a jump to an ugly 4.46, but he has outperformed his FIP in every year in the Majors expect 2003, so his ERA of 3.84 might not be totally luck dependant. The reason for the jump in FIP was a drop in his strikeout rate. He struck out just 4.43 per nine innings, his lowest value since 2006 and the second lowest of his career. On the other hand, his excellent command got even better and his walk rate per nine dropped below 2.00 for the first time in years. As in every year since his rookie season in 2000, he threw more than 200 innings.
The Year Ahead:
If there is any pitcher you can pencil in for 200 innings it is Mark Buehrle; he’s racked up nine such seasons. The lefty plays for an okay Chicago team in a poor division, so he is probably a safe bet for mid-double-digit wins if he gets those innings. He has had sub-4.00 ERA seasons in seven of the last nine and sub-1.30 WHIP seasons in six of the last nine, so he shouldn’t hurt you in those categories. The issue with Buehrle is strikeouts. He has never been a big strikeout guy and the numbers were worse last year. Realistically, the ceiling is about 150, with a more realistic projection – even with 200 innings – closer to 125. Buehrle has offered consistently solid performances over the past nine years; he is solid three-category, mid-to-late rotation filler. (Dave Allen)
Mark Buehrle is perhaps the most consistent pitcher this decade, averaging 222 innings=pitched since 2001. Because of his stable spot in the rotation, he has had double-digit wins in all of those seasons, as well. Not that Buehrle was ever a big strikeout pitcher, but what should concern fantasy owners is his drop in strikeout rate, from 5.76 K/9 in 2008 to 4.24 K/9 in 2010. Buehrle’s 2010 ERA was above 4.00 for the third time in a decade, and as his age continues moving on the wrong side of 30, there’s reason to believe that it may stay that way. In the ML-wide home-run drought of 2010, Buehrle held batters to only 0.73 HR/9, but don’t bank on those numbers again as he has been about average in allowing home-runs throughout his career. Buehrle is a safe pick with almost nil injury risk for a lefty who won’t net you more than 120 strikeouts. And since he may post numbers north of a 4.30 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, be wary of overvaluing Buehrle in the draft as your competitors may think of doing. (Albert Lyu)
The Quick Opinion:
Buehrle has averaged 222 innings since 2001, but his drops in strikeout rate the past two seasons is concerning. He is a safe pick with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 2010, but won't net you more than 120 strikeouts anymore.
Eleven straight years of double-digit wins and 200 innings pitched for the South Siders has given Buehrle a well-earned reputation as a good pitcher who can be counted on to eat innings. This off-season, that reputation paid off to the tune of a four-year, $58 million contract with the Miami Marlins. Buerhle's career 3.83 ERA is a pretty good representation of what he has done, and 2011 was one of his best seasons, with a 3.59 ERA (and a 3.98 FIP). The move to Miami should help quite a bit. U.S. Cellular is a significant hitter's park, particularly with regards to home runs. We haven't yet seen how the new Miami park will play, but all evidence suggests it will be kind to pitchers. While Buehrle has never given up a ton of home runs, he doesn't get many strikeouts and relies on getting guys out on balls in play. The move to a more pitcher-friendly park in the more pitcher-friendly league should help Buerhle's rate stats significantly. You can't count on him for a lot of whiffs, but he could be worth owning if you need help in ERA, WHIP or wins. (Chad Young)
The Quick Opinion:
The move to Miami will provide Buehrle with improved rate stats, but won't suddenly turn him into a strikeout machine. If you need ERA, WHIP and wins, he should help in all three, but he is far from an ace.
Buehrle may be the least exciting pitcher among the Cy Young contenders and former top prospects now inhabiting Toronto's revamped rotation. He remains an unexciting fantasy option as well -- his arsenal has always made him somewhat better suited for actual baseball than for the fantasy owner, particularly in standard leagues. He hasn't posted an ERA below 3.50 nor garnered more than six strikeouts per nine in the last decade, and there's no reason to believe he will now. But, he can be a late-round rotation rock, providing decent rates and likely some wins with the Offseason Champion Blue Jays. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Mark Buehrle isn't an exciting pitcher and his lack of big strikeout numbers make him significantly less valuable in fantasy baseball than real baseball. He could rack up some wins, but that's the extent of his upside.
Mark Buerhle started the 2013 in miserable fashion, joining Toronto's long list of disappointments, but did manage to right his own ship fairly well over the summer months. Some probably still feel that a 4.15 ERA is disappointing given his earlier history, and that is understandable given how Buehrle has out-pitched his peripherals for most of his career. Buerhle's pedestrian ERA might be too-easily attributed to random variation in his batting average on balls in play, but though his .305 was higher than his career .291, it was not that much higher. More troubling was the rise in his walk rate -- it is still about average, but given that Buehrle does not strike many batters out and is not an exceptional ground ball pitcher, every little bit helps, or, in this case, hurts. He has never been a hard thrower, but his fastball velocity continued to decline in 2013, all the way down to 84 mph. Buehrle has never relied on velocity, but still, it is not a good sign. It probably is not a sign of injury, simply age, so he is not necessarily an injury waiting to happen. Buehrle, always a fast worker, also had the slowest pace of his career in 2014. Buehrle is a soon-to-be 35-year-old pitcher who seems to be losing his touch. He might be able to pull of an ERA in the threes, but do not draft him like he will. Something in the low- or mid-fours is more likely. That has value in deeper leagues, but even in those, Buehrle is more of a fantasy innings-eater than anything else. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Mark Buehrle recovered from a rough start to post a decent year for the Blue Jays, but he is definitely showing the signs of age. He is not longer the above-average fantasy pitcher he once was, and though he has value in many leagues, barring a surprise, he is more of a mid-to-back-end fantasy rotation option at this point in his career.
Few players offer the stark difference between their "on paper" and "real world" value like Mark Buehrle. Entering his age-36 season, the big lefty is nothing short of a modern miracle, posting 14 consecutive 200 inning seasons despite diminishing fastball velocity -- at 83.9 mph, his is the slowest in baseball save the one his knuckleballing teammate R.A. Dickey owns.He doesn't strike anybody out (13.9% strikeout rate in 2014, lowest among qualified starters) and his win total reflects a middling team (25 over the past two years), but Buehrle always finds a way to keep the odometer rolling. Adding new wrinkles -- like increasing his sinker usage, or throwing more arm-side change ups -- allows the big lefty to pile up outs in bulk. He walks a fine line and each passing year increases the likelihood that it all crashes down around him, but penciling Buehrle in for another 3.75-ish ERA with a dozen wins and 200 innings pitched is as safe a bet as one can make. (Drew Fairservice)
The Quick Opinion:
The dependable workhorse doesn't light up the radar gun or most categories but there's value in his 200 inning act.
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Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:35 AM ET
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