Mark Buehrle might not be a part of the White Sox anymore, but if you ask Mark, the White Sox will forever be a part of him.
I think Ill always be a Chicago White Sox no matter what happens from here on out, Buehrle said Sunday in an interview with Comcast SportsNet. I kind of told some people, I said, Its just a four-year break. Ill be back before you know it. Maybe Ill be playing, maybe just bugging people in the clubhouse, just coming through getting fat and drinking a beer, having fun and watching the game as a fan. Its just a four-year break, and Ill be back before you know it.
Mark will be 37 at the start of the 2016 season. As recent as last spring, he spoke about retiring. Does he really think hell still be playing after his contract runs out with the Marlins?
Im not going to sit here and say Im going to retire after these four years, or that Im looking for another four-year contract, or a one-year deal, because you know where that got me. If Im feeling healthy in the end, Ill come back and maybe play one more year and finish out in Chicago.
At the end of last season Buehrle says he felt there was a 50-50 chance of re-signing with the White Sox, but as the free agent process evolved he realized it likely wasnt going to happen.
To be honest, it would have been nice to have a last minute offer from them, Buehrle said of the White Sox. But I totally understand their situation. I dont hold any ill will towards them. I dont feel like they owed me to offer me a contract. I just think it was just one of those things where previous moves have been made that caused this to come to an end.
Buehrle said that despite wanting a no-trade clause with the Marlins, he didnt get one.
Were there really 14 teams that expressed interest in him?
It was up there, he said.
It eventually came down to four teams. He says his hometown St. Louis Cardinals did call at one point, but as for reports they were trying to trade either Kyle Lohse or Jake Westbrook at the last minute to make room for him in the rotation, Buehrle called those rumors untrue.
Plenty more was said in the interview. Well air it on Chicago Baseball Hot Stove Tuesday at 5 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.