For all the talk about left-hander C.J. Wilson in free agency, another lefty might hold even greater appeal.
Mark Buerhle, coming off his 11th straight 200-inning season, is “wide-open” to any team, according to his agent, Jeff Berry.
Buerhle, 32, has spent his entire career with the White Sox, and has spoken in the past about joining the Cardinals, the team closest to his home in St. Charles, Mo.
But Berry repeated Wednesday what he said in September – that Buehrle was not wedded to any club.
In fact, Berry said, Buehrle might find the National League especially attractive; he is 24-6 with a 3.32 ERA lifetime against NL teams.
“Mark is not going to eliminate any team from free-agent consideration,” Berry said. “But having pitched 12 years in the American League, the National League certainly will have some appeal to him.
“There is no DH. It’s obviously less of a hitter’s league. And Mark has had great success in his career against the National League.”
Buehrle, of course, has been pretty good in the AL, too – he went 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA for the White Sox last season and also won his third straight Gold Glove.