St. Louis Cardinals: Free Agent Pitchers Who Make Sense

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Mark Buehrle

The 36 year-old Mark Buehrle has had ups and downs recently, hoping to rejuvenate his career after sitting out on Toronto’s postseason roster. The Cardinals could be a strong suitor for Buehrle’s services, as the St. Charles native has emphasized that he would ponder retirement unless he receives an opportunity with his hometown team.

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Buehrle could have a mutually impact the direction of his career as much as the direction of the team, as having a positive mindset to contribute could help on a St. Louis Cardinals’ roster that was characterized by a large youth movement and several injuries last year. After all, it’s hard to look past the athleticism and experience of a pitcher with 4 Gold Glove awards, 5 All-Star selections, 14 seasons of 200+ innings and a perfect game.

Reasonable contract: 1 year, $7 million