View Full Version : Boston Globe on Buehrle (Nick Cafardo)

04-22-2007, 01:41 PM
from the Sunday Globe notes


Staff ace? No, no

It's been hard enough for White Sox general manager Kenny Williams to keep everyone under contract, but now Mark Buehrle tosses a no-hitter, which will only add to his price tag. Or will it? Buehrle is 28, has a 98-66 record, and has been a workhorse the last six years, throwing more than 200 innings each time. But one baseball official said, "You'd love to have a guy like that on your staff, but he's not a No. 1."

04-22-2007, 02:45 PM
ehhh, The Boston Globe still thinks Josh Beckett IS a staff ace

Dan Mega
04-22-2007, 02:50 PM
There are people here who think Buerhle isn't a #1 as well.:rolleyes:

04-23-2007, 09:32 AM
Obviously Buehrle's second half last year is still on the minds of some.

Other than that, his career indicated #1 status. He's never been on the DL. He eats innings. He works fast, which I really like. He's a leader. The Sox, however, are in the enviable position of having several pitchers that could be a #1 on some teams. Starting pitching has not been a problem for the Sox this year so far after the opening Indians series.

IOW, this is a nice problem to have.

04-23-2007, 10:06 AM
Well hopefully Buehrle will resign with the Sox for #2-#3 starter kind of cash.

04-23-2007, 10:22 AM
Did anyone notice this tidbit further up the article?

Will any other pitchers wind up like Clemens?

We asked players, general managers, and agents about Roger Clemens's special schedule (show up in June) and whether any of them -- or anyone else -- would angle for it in the future.

White Sox GM Ken Williams: "I only look stupid; I'm not really. Hell, yes. I would take a big-game pitcher like him in June, July, August. I'd take him for my alumni game in December if it helped me win." :rolling:

Does this mean Kenny is angling to sign Clemens this summer?

04-23-2007, 10:37 AM
You could say that Barry Zito isn't a staff ace, then. He had his Cy Young season, but has never came close to matching it since. And if the reason he's called an ace is because he won the Cy Young five years ago, that's bull****.

04-23-2007, 11:04 AM
I agreed with the assessment of Buehrle.

I found this interesting...

At Rochester, Ryan has his first- and second-round picks from the 2005 draft, Matt Garza and Kevin Slowey, who may be only a phone call away. Slowey, a second-round pick, is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, with 11 strikeouts and no walks in 11 2/3 innings. He stuffed Pawtucket Thursday with nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Garza, the Twins' top pick in '05, is 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA and got valuable time in the majors last season. The Twins wanted him to go back down to work on things. Many wrote off the Twins this season and made Cleveland the sexy pick in the AL Central, but Minnesota is pretty good.