MLB Free Agent News: 5 Teams Mark Buehrle Could Pitch to Playoffs

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MLB Free Agent News: 5 Teams Mark Buehrle Could Pitch to Playoffs
Buehrle pitched a perfect game on July 23, 2009.

Mark Buehrle—formerly of the Chicago White Sox—will be among the most coveted left-handed starting pitchers on the free agent market this offseason.

What makes him so desirable?

Well, he compares favorably to other available lefties. Buehrle isn't injury-prone like Erik Bedard, expecting a monster deal like C.J. Wilson or inconsistent like Dontrelle Willis. In fact, Buehrle has been frighteningly regular from year to year.

His string of 11 consecutive 200-inning seasons is the longest active streak in baseball. He has started at least 30 games and won at least 10 in each of those campaigns.

Buehrle surrenders a few too many base hits. However, Major League franchises will still pursue him because he comes with an outstanding ability to locate pitches as well as World Series experience.

Buehrle would be a valuable addition to any starting rotation. The following five clubs would be especially grateful. Playoff berths eluded each of them in 2011. Buehrle could pitch any of them to October in 2012.

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