Thursday, December 11, 2003

Buehrle Signed

The Sox signed Mark Buehrle to a three year deal today for $18m, with a club option in year 4. This is actually a surprise as it seemed Buerhle was looking forward to being Cardinal one day. But I guess he would have been in arbitration the next few years anyway so this should give him some financial security while he toils on the southside. The contract is backloaded, only paying $3.5m this year, which means it will cause some problems down the road. Williams must figure he might be gone by then so why worry. Is Kenny a member of the AARP?

Buehrle did have an off year last year. Let's just hope it was an aberration and not a trend. But he's been consistent enough the past few years for me to give this deal a thumbs up.