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.