They originally had supposedly agreed to a 4 year, $56 million deal, but the agreement broke down over Buehrle wanting a no-trade clause.
I know a lot of Rangers fans feel that wanting a no-trade clause is tantamount to being an al-Qaeda sympathizer, but you know, if I'm a player, and I am going to sign a deal, I would probably want a no-trade clause...particularly if I'm going to take significantly less than market value (like Buehrle would be) to sign with a team.
But Buehrle apparently was willing to move off the no-trade clause...but to no avail:
But the White Sox turned down the proposal, and continue to market Buehrle aggressively.
The White Sox said no again, and executives around baseball are completely befuddled. "What are they thinking?" one rival GM wondered.
Look, they must have their reasons, and maybe some day, the White Sox will explain their logic. If Buehrle signs elsewhere and gets hurt, they are entitled to say they made the right call. But on the face of it, this makes no sense whatsoever, as a baseball decision and as a business decision. They need pitching, Buehrle's been a good pitcher, he's 28, he's a known quantity at a time when the White Sox have no idea what they are going to get out of John Danks or Gavin Floyd or Jose Contreras or Javier Vazquez, as they move forward.
And getting Buehrle for four years and $56 million, in the current market, is like getting a first-class plane ticket for the economy rate.
I'm leery of Buehrle, personally. He has consistently had a below-average strikeout rate, and gives up a lot of homers...his success is going to be predicated on having a good defense behind him, and if he goes to a team with a mediocre defense, you probably aren't going to get your money's worth from him.