Mark Buehrle signed with the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, according to FoxSports.com. Buehrle's signing with the Marlins ends his run of 11 full seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox made Buehrle one of the great late-round draft picks in baseball history, pulling him out of the 38th round in 1998.
Now, the marriage between the fine left-handed starter Buehrle and the White Sox has ended. Buehrle was a crucial part of the White Sox starting rotation during his tenure. While Buehrle wasn't a No. 1 starter in the classical sense, he was the ace for the White Sox.
Buehrle was a banner of steadiness for the White Sox. He pitched 200 innings in each of his 11 seasons for the White Sox. Never did he fail to start 30 games. Buehrle won 161 games, completed 27 games, compiled an earned run average of 3.83and walked only two batters per nine innings.
Also, Buehrle tossed two no-hitters.
Buehrle is fourth in White Sox history in strikeouts (1,396), sixth in wins, and seventh in innings pitched (2,476.2).
As Buehrle departs from the club on the south side of Chicago, it's worthwhile to examine his five best seasons with the White Sox.