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  • Buehrle Possibly Off the Market

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseb...mark27.article
    Buehrle extension near
    Source says change of heart has lefty, Sox on road to long-term contract

    June 27, 2007
    BY JOE COWLEY [email protected]

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ken Williams' cell phone got a bit quieter Tuesday.

    That's usually what happens when a team decides to pull its biggest bargaining chip off the trade table.

    The Boston Red Sox, who had jumped out as the clear favorite to acquire White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle during the weekend, have pulled out of the sweepstakes, according to one source. And not because the asking price of top minor-league prospects was too high or because they no longer coveted Buehrle's services, but because Buehrle is no longer on the trading block for the time being.

    The Boston Red Sox, who had jumped out as the clear favorite to acquire White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle during the weekend, have pulled out of the sweepstakes, according to one source. And not because the asking price of top minor-league prospects was too high or because they no longer coveted Buehrle's services, but because Buehrle is no longer on the trading block for the time being.

    The Sun-Times has learned that a change of heart in both the Buehrle and White Sox camps during the last 48 hours has led to talks about the sides somehow getting together and agreeing on a contract extension by the end of the week.

    That sentiment also was expressed by one Sox player, who said the ''climate'' was right for Buehrle to sign an extension in the next few weeks.

    ''Call it a calm before the storm,'' the player said.

    But attempts to get either camp to confirm those talks were met with responses that were ambiguous at best.

    Even Buehrle was having fun with the speculation, dropping clues like cookie crumbs leading to a trail -- or simply trying to confuse the media about exactly what's going on.

    Asked if he had heard the latest on the trade front, Buehrle smiled and said, ''It's wrong, it's wrong.''

    What isn't wrong is that Williams has turned his attention to possibly shipping out other players, seemingly to clear salary to keep Buehrle as one of the cornerstones of the organization.

    The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that Mets general manager Omar Minaya made it clear he has been in contact with Williams recently, though he never mentioned the Sox' GM by name.

    ''If people are out there publicly saying they're going to move players, I figure I owe it to myself to call them up,'' Minaya told the newspaper Monday.

    Williams had said Sunday that the Sox were likely to make some changes and were open for business.

    ''We have some players that a lot of teams want,'' he said. ''And people are starting to be very aggressive.''

    The Mets have been rumored to be hot on the trail of landing Sox right-hander Jose Contreras for the last week. Right-hander Javier Vazquez also might be a possibility, with the Mets showing interest in him going back to last season.

    ''It's just the checking-in stage right now,'' Minaya told the Daily News.

    The Mets were one of three teams -- along with the Red Sox and Atlanta Braves -- to whom the Sox were willing to deal Buehrle because of the prospects they would get in return. If Contreras is sent to the Mets, he would bring back a smaller return than Buehrle.

    So would right fielder Jermaine Dye and second baseman Tadahito Iguchi, both free agents-to-be, whom Williams is looking to move.

    What is confirmed is that Buehrle's agent, Jeff Berry, was in the Tampa area with his client this week and that the White Sox remain Buehrle's first choice of where he wants to play past this season -- with any other team a distant second.

    There was talk Monday that he even lowered the number of years he was looking for from five to four to remain with the Sox. Neither side would address that rumor.

    If Williams can move Contreras or Vazquez, along with Dye and Iguchi, and lock up Buehrle, he would be left with players he now considers ''the core,'' changing on the fly during this disappointing season.

    It also would leave him with a 2008 rotation that has Buehrle and Jon Garland in the top two spots, followed by rookie John Danks and Vazquez, if he survives the housecleaning.

    The Sox think enough of Gavin Floyd, Nick Masset and Gio Gonzalez to let those three battle it out for the final spot or two.

    ''It means what I said in February and March applies -- that at the end of spring training, we said we will not be negotiating with any of our guys,'' Williams insisted Sunday, when asked about Buehrle. ''Now, could there possibly be something that, all of a sudden, his guy [Berry] comes to us or we have an epiphany of some sort?''

    The sense around the club is that an ''epiphany'' just might have shown up in Florid
    I know Bobby has always been high on Vazquez and I think he may push for him if they are going to make a trade for a pitcher. In another rumor I saw that one Braves scout said the second choice would be Steve Trachsel. If that is true then I am a little worried about giving up any good prospects for Trachsel.

    I also read that the whole Red Sox and Yankees wanting Buehrle was just a ploy by the White Sox to try and get a top prospect like Lastings for Buehrle.
    Extend Prado!!!

  • #2
    it's no skin off my nose. I would have screamed if they had pulled a stupid desperate trade for Buehrle.
    46 wins to match last year's total

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    • #3
      Vasquez? Trachsel? I'd rather stick with what we have than give up valuable prospects. Can't we pick up Tomo Ohka for free?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by AznInvasion View Post
        Vasquez? Trachsel? I'd rather stick with what we have than give up valuable prospects. Can't we pick up Tomo Ohka for free?
        Aren't they thinking about platooning Escobar with Johnson at second? That means... oh, Lord.
        46 wins to match last year's total

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AznInvasion View Post
          Vasquez? Trachsel? I'd rather stick with what we have than give up valuable prospects. Can't we pick up Tomo Ohka for free?
          No, Ohka was picked up by the Cardinals to a minor league contract.

          Buehrle update: No movement with Sox

          By Mark Gonzales, 1:40 p.m.

          Jeff Berry, the agent for Mark Buehrle, said in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon that he was surprised by a published report that stated the team had resumed negotiations with the White Sox's left-handed ace and that a deal could be finalized by the end of the week.

          "Nothing's going on," said Berry, who did acknowledge he was in the Tampa area. "Despite what's been [published].

          "I'm not sure where those reports are coming from."

          Berry said he hasn't spoken recently to Sox general manager Kenny Williams and said his client's status remains the same since the end of spring training -- in which any negotiations won't resume until after the season, when Buehrle becomes a free agent.

          Five weeks are left before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline.
          Here is an update to the story before. With all the rumors coming out of Chicago I don't think I will believe any until they happen.
          Extend Prado!!!

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          • #6
            Just so everyone knows the White Sox had agreed to a contract with Buehrle but it fell through because he wants a complete no trade clause. If this is true then it pretty much kills any chance of the Braves trading for him and signing him to a long term contract.
            Extend Prado!!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PureBaseballFan View Post
              Just so everyone knows the White Sox had agreed to a contract with Buehrle but it fell through because he wants a complete no trade clause. If this is true then it pretty much kills any chance of the Braves trading for him and signing him to a long term contract.
              I think that would be a mistake in the first place.
              46 wins to match last year's total

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