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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

More Bad New for the Mets, Mark Buehrle signs with the Fish

The Mets will have to over achieve to receive a play-off spot in 2012,  because the NL East just got a little tougher.

After signing both Jose Reyes and Heath Bell, they've added a third All-Star via free agency. Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle has been signed to a four-year, $58 million contract by the Miami Marlins, the news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Buehrle rejoins manager Ozzie Guillen, who managed him with the White Sox from 2004 to late last season.

Buehrle, 32, had previously played all 12 seasons with the White Sox. He'll now head to South Beach and serve as the number two pitcher behind Josh Johnson -- assuming Johnson is healthy. Buehrle was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.30 WHIP last season. He also won his third consecutive Gold Glove.

Buehrle's biggest value lies in his durability. In the past 11 seasons, he has never made fewer than 30 starts or thrown fewer than 201 innings.

This signing means the Marlins are likely out of the bidding on C.J. Wilson, putting the Angels as the frontrunner. Also, it could very well be an indication the Marlins have backed off of signing Albert Pujols.

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