Mark Buehrle has said he is unsure about retirement. If the 36-year-old lefty does opt to come back for another year, Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun writes that he will join the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals, who just lost righty starter Lance Lynn to Tommy John surgery, will be in the market for a temporary rotation band-aid in 2016, and Buehrle could be an ideal fit. The former All-Star and World Series champ was born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri, about a half-hour from St. Louis, and would be a quality lefty fit in the Cardinal rotation.
The Cardinals rotation is known for being quite fragile, so Buehrle’s 162-game average of 221 innings should be very appealing to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. Buehrle has more than the durability factor going however, as he accumulated a 3.81 ERA and pitched to a 4.21 FIP with the Blue Jays in 2015.
Of course it remains to be seen if Buehrle will indeed retire, but if he does opt to go another year he will likely not cost much and only seek a one-year deal before officially calling it a career. But until there is word from the man himself the Cardinals will be waiting on Mark Buehrle’s decision for 2016.