The Blue Jays are looking to trade left-hander Mark Buehrle this offseason,according to a report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.
3. Mark Buehrle, LHP, Blue Jays — Buehrle will be made available in a trade, though his $19 million contract will likely be a deterrent unless the Jays are willing to assume part of it. The Jays need to replenish their player depth and the quick-working Buehrle might be a way to do it. Buehrle seems more tradable than knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The Jays will have youngsters Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez in their rotation to go along with J.A. Happ.
Buehrle posted a 161-119 record with a 3.83 ERA in 12 seasons with the White Sox. He led the rotation to a World Series in 2005. The fast-working left-hander has spent the last three seasons in Miami and Toronto.
It’s hard to imagine any team willing to take on that salary for a 35-year-old pitcher in the twilight of his career.
But, if the Blue Jays are, in fact, willing to eat a good chunk of the salary, I can think of a few Chicago teams that would benefit from a championship-winning, back-end starter that could mentor young players.