Buehrnin’ Up the Hot Stove: Sox-Rangers Gamer X

Don’t look now, but the White Sox and Mark Buehrle have failed to reach terms on a contract extension. Buried deep within Joe Cowley’s article on the subject:

Buehrle was Boston-bound last weekend before the organization had a midweek change of heart and decided to work on a contract extension.

(Hat tip: MLB Trade Rumors)

Woah. That’s a bit of news, isn’t it? Were the pair of Sox that close to a deal? Apparently so, as I don’t see much hyperbole in the rest of Cowley’s writing. What does this mean, then, if the ChiSox can’t reach a deal with Buehrle? It seems the Red Sox should again be the front-runners, and if we are to read Cowley’s story correctly, a trade could be a fait acomplii.

The Red Sox over the past week have clearly shown that their need is hitting, not pitching. But unless Theo has another blockbuster move to shore up the shortstop position up his sleeve, it’s hard to say which hitters need to be replaced — and how exactly that could be accomplished. Mark Buehrle is clearly the best pitcher available this year, and once again, we have to say: If he’s available at a reasonable price (one top prospect and a couple lesser ones) and willing to sign an extension, we’d like to see this trade done.

That doesn’t really have anything to do with tonight’s game, but it’ll at least provide fodder for discussion while the Sox’ bats snooze their way through another 27 outs. Maybe Kason Gabbard can recover and throw a no-hitter and at least send this game to extra innings.

Comment away!

135 comments… add one
  • I’m still with you on this one, Paul.

    Regular_Brad. July 2, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • Admittedly, I have not watched as much of the Sox as Paul or SF or the other Sox fans who visit this site, but looking at the way the roster is contructed and given certain performances I think the Sox pitching staff is more of a concern than its offense. And when I say that I mean that neither are that much of a concern. But…Schilling could very well be finished. Wakefield is 44 years old and is inconsistent. Julian Tavarez is the fifth starter and could revert to being Julian Tavarez. Jon Lester doesn’t look as if he’ll be ready this season. The top two are excellent although Beckett has never maintained this level over a full-season. Meanwhile, I just can’t believe that Ortiz is not going to get his power back, and that Manny is not going to turn it on. Those two alone make an offense potent. Add Pedroia and Youkilis to the mix and it’s top-flight. Oh and JD Drew is better than what he’s shown as well. So, I think going forward things are bright on the offensive side for the Sox and also bright (just not as bright) on the pitching side. I think Buerhle would be more of a needed addition than an…Edgar Renteria or whatever SS upgrade you could come up with.

    Nick-YF July 2, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Gabbard lead off walk then 1-2-3 after that or however you would say it (2-3-4)

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Cmon Lugo, lets get on base at least once tonight

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • leadoff walk slumpbuster right there

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Lugo walks. Let’s see if the Sox can do more with their leadoff walk than the Rangers.
    (PS Why is Lugo leading off again?)

    Devine July 2, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Because if you are fast you lead off don’t you remember

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Pedroia K.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Ahhh, of course, NeffSox. Silly of me to forget such an important bit of baseball strategy/pigheadedness.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • hit and run base hit, 1st and second…
    I’m feeling some offense for once in this game

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • supposedly Bucholz is faster than lugo, crisp, and ellsbury…
    you think he can lead off

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • inning ending DP, this team needs Manny and Ortiz to start hitting for some power

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • The Manny incompetence continues.

    SF July 2, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • *sigh*
    DP.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Neff: forget power. How about JUST GETTING A HIT?!

    SF July 2, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • He was at least hitting .300 about a week ago. Ever since he touched that mark, he’s been in the crapper.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • last 5 games with runners in scoring position 5 for 43 (or something, showed the stat before the game)
    today 0-1
    brutal

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Nice inning from Gabbard.

    SF July 2, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Gerald Laird’s gameday picture is hilarious. He looks like Porky Pig on mind-altering drugs.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • 1-2-3

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • I think its a good strategy if you’re facing the Sox: pitch around Papi, then get Manny to ground into a DP.
    Manny has to start hitting.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Lugo’s hitting there because Youk is out with some kind of sore something or other.

    Regular_Brad. July 2, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • pop out for Drew

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Brad that still doesn’t explain why Lugo is leading off

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • three pop outs for the Sox

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Youk and Coco are both out, and I think Tito doesn’t want D-Pod leading off.
    Here’s hoping Lugo has a good day. About time he breaks out of this funk.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • I would put Drew and his 100 OPS+ leading off

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • 1-2-3

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • An excellent first three innings from Kason “All the kids in Springfield are SOBs” Gabbard.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Wow Hinske has to have more ugly broken bat swings

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • I love Jacoby

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Hinske, Jacoby, and Lugo up
    Some how single, single, sac bunt

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • ok, lugo gets credit for that….

    rootbeerfloat July 2, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • 2 RBI Double for Pedroia!

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Brad that still doesn’t explain why Lugo is leading off
    True enough.

    Regular_Brad. July 2, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Hooray! Not that it wins the game or anything.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • what are the chances manny knocks in this run

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • So 1-3 with RISP tonight (sacrifices don’t count as AB’s, yeah?) so far?
    Do you like 1-4 or 2-4, Manny?

    Devine July 2, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • 100%

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • How come the Yanks fans don’t have a game thread? Did they all just give up?

    rootbeerfloat July 2, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • 2-4. 3-0 Sox.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • I wanted to say
    what are the chances manny mollywhops one
    but didn’t want to jinx it

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • I didn’t think we were allowed to score with 2 out anymore.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Papi grounds out, and Manny hits. 3-0, Sox.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Drew has that perfect (Griffey, Green) left swing, lets see if he can put it to work here

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • *lefty

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • So far over 4 million votes have been cast in the last man vote and Okajima is a very close second to Jeremy Bonderman.
    Keep voting guys
    http://www.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2007/fv/ballot.html

    TJ July 2, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • J.D. draws a walk. 2 men on base, Mikey Lowell up. Come on, Mikey!

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • nice catch by Byrd to steal a hit/run

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Ray Allen, Celtic mojo…
    is this mean we are going to lose?

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Throw strikes.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Relaford gunned down by Tek

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Opposing team caught stealings are like antacid for the soul.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • I guess thats 1-2-3
    Celtic Mojo!

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Suck swinging strike, Sammy Sosa.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • here we go the big three coming up

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Erin Andrews come to Fenway

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Wow, Hinske’s hitting only .213?

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Don’t knock the rally starter…
    Ellsbury 2nd base hit tonight
    Feeling an SB

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Jacoby the Kid with a single!
    Now let’s see those basestealing skills.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Is that Jacoby’s first non-infield hit?

    Devine July 2, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Ellsbury’s 1st Stolen Base

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Wow, they really respect Ellsbury’s speed. Two pickoff attempts and a pitchout.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Jacoby = FAST

    SF July 2, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Lugo somehow has two walks
    double steal!

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Woohoo! I love this kid!

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • I smell double steal.

    SF July 2, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Lugo and Ellsbury on base.
    Drive ’em in, Papi.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Oops, I forgot Pedroia was batting next.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Let’s go, Pedroia…we’re almost certainly gonna need more runs.
    (PS If they win today, they will be on pace for 100 wins…of course, it’ll be more like 90 if they play like they did in June, but you know, optimism over here.)

    Devine July 2, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • WOW

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Brilliant baserunning by Ellsbury, taking two bases (and scoring) on a wild pitch.

    SF July 2, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • I like Speed

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Wild pitch! Wild pitch! Jacoby scores…from 2nd? Wow, now that’s fast.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • I’ve figured it out!
    Lugo has a bet with Okajima that he can get his BA lower than Okajima’s ERA.
    (I know, he’s walked twice today. Good for him.)

    Devine July 2, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Lugo is batting 0 on the day but is 0-0 with 2 walks and a sac bunt
    do I smell turn around

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • This looks familiar. A 4-0 lead in the early going over Texas. Saturday, Josh Beckett.
    I’d like to hold onto this one, thanks.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Clemens just hit 93…
    Partay!

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Pedroia lines out, but I liked that inning. A lot.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Hee hee! I liked that one, NeffSox.

    Devine July 2, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Kason is throwing a…
    Frak, I might jinx it. :P

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • no no-no

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Kason is throwing well. Wow.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • I blame this on Rain

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • no shut out, either.
    Gabbard realizes he’s Kason Gabbard, not someone who is an ace.

    SF July 2, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Ouch. Yeah, that sting is familiar. Time to go home!

    Devine July 2, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Gerald (wow, he does look like Porky in Gameday) Laird breaks up the no no.
    Sorry, I jinxed Kason. :P

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Gabbard was pitching this game on borrowed time. He hadn’t given up a hit, but his ball-strike ratio was about 50-50 thru four innings, which is pretty bad. This is another 4 run lead squander waiting to happen.

    SF July 2, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Oof. Wilkerson homers.
    Man, my jinx powers are scary. :P Come on, Kason! Just get out of this inning.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Can we burn Rain at the stake…
    or is that even possible

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Got home just as the three run homer was jacked.

    Rob July 2, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Well Rain is off the hook…
    Burn Rob!

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Hey, I said sorry. :P
    Maybe I should jinx Texas now….
    Gabby gets out of the inning. I doubt if Tito gonna leave him in for the 6th.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • My fault, should have just stayed with the ESPN bottom line

    Rob July 2, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Papi has hit waaay too many warning track shots

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • love back to back walks

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Manny and Drew are on-base.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Come on guys, we’re below a one LOB per inning pace. Pick it up!

    SF July 2, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • bases juiced, here we go for once, please

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • 12 baserunners in 4.2 innings, only four runs. Not good enough.

    SF July 2, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • YESSSS!!! HINSKE
    bases clearing triple

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • I told you not to hate Rain

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Better! Thanks Eric!

    SF July 2, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Hinske with a triple!

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • that is a bench player right there

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • I feel a stolen base right here

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Lugo break dance time

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • fake edit: break out time

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Lugo grounds out
    maybe all these runs made me delusional

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • The Texas third baseman’s name is making me hungry.
    Travis Metcalf. Mmmmm.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • I’m not surprised that Sosa’s hitting only .253 this year.
    He did cross the 600 HR plateau though.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • And Sosa strikes out.
    Man, I really have jinx powers! :P

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Tito: take Gabby out. We don’t want to blow this lead.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • I think the Yankees 1st base coach has a wallet chain

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Tony Pena Sr. sporting the bling

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Timlin?!?

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Minn melting down in the Bronx tonight.
    ARod has left the game due to a tight hammy.

    Rob July 2, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • ARod hit Morneau when running to 1st he looked ok, probably just being cautious

    Anonymous July 2, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Well, Timlin does get an out, but he expends a lot of pitches to do it.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Papi is 0-for-4 tonight.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Papi needs to sit out the All Star game

    Anonymous July 2, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • I didn’t think it was possible for Timlin to get 4 straight

    Anonymous July 2, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Timlin replaced by Javier Lopez.
    Clemens in line for win no. 350.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Ground rule double for Tek.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • I like this Ellsbury kid
    Is it possible to have 4 ROY candidates?

    Anonymous July 2, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Anybody got word on who got injured? Gameday says injury delay.

    Anonymous July 2, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • All those blanks were me by the way

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • *Except that injury one

    NeffSox July 2, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • The injury one was me.

    Rain SF July 2, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Can never have too much pitching.
    I hate to see the Sox win via the Steinbrenner approach (i.e. buying up any and all big stars who come on the market mid-season), but if Boston could lock up Buehrle for several years (as opposed to just renting him for a few months) I’d be all for it.
    Schilling will have to be replaced sooner or later.

    Hudson July 2, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • (Sox won 7-3, btw. Okajima closes it. Vote, y’all, vote… How can a reliever with a 0.88 ERA not be in the All-Star game? http://www.redsox.com)

    Hudson July 2, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • Halfway there…

    Devine July 3, 2007, 9:03 am
  • I couldn’t agree more, Hudson. In fact, I think the replacement will have to come sooner rather than later.

    Regular_Brad. July 3, 2007, 9:37 am
  • The same way Youk isn’t there. How did Lowell make it and Youk stays home??

    jp-sf July 3, 2007, 10:36 am
  • The Red Sox will play almost a quarter of their second-half games (literally from the 82nd game on, not after the All-Star Break) against the Devil Rays. 18 out of 81.
    The Devil Rays.
    If they don’t win the division, I’m going to hurt myself pretty badly banging my head on something over and over again.

    Devine July 3, 2007, 1:51 pm

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