Baseball notebook: Buehrle latest big fish to go to Marlins

TheMiami Marlins plucked another free-agent prize yesterday, reaching a deal with four-time All-Starleft-hander Mark Buehrle for $58 million over four years.

Manager Ozzie Guillen praised Buehrle at baseball’s winter meetings in Dallas. They weretogether on the Chicago White Sox this season, and Guillen was eager to have Buehrle on his sidenext year.

“This kid is special,” Guillen said. “He pitched in the big scenarios, big moments, very toughcity to pitch. When people love you in Chicago, that means something.”

Buehrle’s deal is subject to a physical, which the sides were arranging. the Marlins have beenthe busiest team by far in the majors this week, spending $191 million on three prime free agents.They previously landed two All-Stars: shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell.

With Albert Pujols unwilling to accept their $200 million-plus offer, the Marlins turned theirattention to pitching to get off to a quick start in April at their new $515 million,retractable-roof stadium. It has never been clear that Pujols, a three-time NL MVP coming off hissecond World Series title in six seasons, would be willing to leave the St. Louis Cardinals.

Buehrle, 32, has been one of the majors’ most durable and effective pitchers for more than adecade. he has reached double figures in victories and thrown at least 200 innings in each of thepast 11 seasons, all with the White Sox.

Buehrle was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA this year and won his third straight Gold Glove.

Tim McCarver, an All-Star catcher who discovered a second career as a folksy announcer known forexplaining the game in exacting detail, won the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcastingexcellence.

“I don’t know about talking about my legacy,” he said on a conference call. “I feel a littlestrange about that.”

McCarver, 70, has worked for Fox since 1996, and has been an analyst on national televisionnetworks for three decades. he also was with NBC, ABC and CBS, and has won six Emmy Awards.

McCarver previously was part of the broadcast crews for the Phillies, Yankees and Mets. Hebecame the second person to win the Frick Award primarily as an analyst, joining Tony Kubek in2009.

McCarver will be honored in Cooperstown during the induction weekend in late July.

The Colorado Rockies traded closer Huston Street and cash to the San Diego Padres for a playerto be named and cash. Street was 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 62 games last season, with 29 saves in 33chances. … the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with left-hander Erik Bedard and outfielderNate McLouth. … the new York Yankees have won negotiating rights to shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajimaof the Seibu Lions in Japan’s Pacific League. new York has 30 days to reach an agreement withNakajima and will pay the posting fee of $2 million only if an agreement is reached. Nakajima hit.297 with 16 homers and 100 RBI last season for the Lions.

Baseball notebook: Buehrle latest big fish to go to Marlins

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