What Are The Toronto Blue Jays Going To Do With Mark Buehrle?
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired veteran pitcher Mark Buehrle as part of the blockbuster offseason deal with the Miami Marlins. Buehrle had been the epitome of consistency and brought a plethora of leadership to a young Jays squad. He also came north of the border with a hefty contract that still owes him $48 million over the next 3 years; however 3 million will be eaten by the Marlins.
The veteran lefty has had 12 consecutive seasons with 30 or more starts and has logged 200 or more innings in each of those seasons. So you could see why the Blue Jays were more than happy to see Buerhle involved in the deal.
However, Buehrle is a finesse pitcher who relies on changing speeds and location to survive in the majors, a tall task for a 34-year old pitching day in and day out in the American League East.
Buehrle has made 7 starts since joining the Blue Jays and boasts and earned run average of 7.02. He has surrendered 5 or more runs in five of his seven starts including a season high seven runs in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays.
It appears Mark Buehrle may the American League version Roy Halladay who is imploding with every start in Philadelphia. So has father time and opposition bats finally caught up to the ageing Mark Buehrle? If it has the Blue Jays are in quite the predicament with $45 million reasons to worry.
Regardless of the money, if the Jays are going to start racking up wins they need quality starts from every member of their starting five, no matter what past credential they may have. If Buehrle doesn’t put it together soon he should be treated like anyone else and pulled from the rotation for someone who can get the job done.
Buehrle may find it difficult to keep his 200 innings streak going pitching out of the bullpen.