Mark Buehrle signs with the Miami Marlins

Marlins continue spending spree and lockup Mark Buehrle for 4 years

12/7/11 in MLB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The Miami Marlins continue to make big splashes in free agency this offseason. Today they reportedly agreed to a four-year, $58 million deal with free agent pitcher Mark Buehrle. Buehrle, who had played his entire career with the Chicago White Sox, joins Jose Reyes and Heath Bell as Marlin free agent signees.

The Marlins move into a new stadium this season and have been rebranded as the Miami Marlins and clearly they are trying to put together a team that can challenge the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves in the National League East. They had reportedly tendered offers to Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson, but at least the Pujols offer has been pulled off the table. 

The 32-year-old Buehrle is coming off a 13-9 season in which he posted a 3.59 ERA. He will join Josh Johnson at the top of the Miami rotation next season.

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12/9/11   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Mark_Guerrero wrote:
Omg u know nothing about baseball obviously I'm not even gonna waste my time telling you how wrong you are

Yeah...  I guess I'm wrong when I say that MLB teams need lots of sponsors to make money.  And that they need huge local TV deals to put them into the high payroll category.  That's right...  The Yankees don't make anything from YES.  What was I thinking?

12/9/11   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Mark_Guerrero wrote:
There's a little thing called back end contracts. Second of all marlins sold out luxury seats and most of the season tickets seats. Just because the spent 190 million or whatever doesn't mean that's the payroll at the end of the year its going to be middle of the pack. And to say marlins have to sell out every game to make a profit is just the dumbest thing to say. Add parking concessions and every thing else this team is going to do just fine. They made a good profit playing in a stadium that they couldn't even make a revenue yet they are going to struggle playing in a brand new dome stadium where they will make 100% revenue?? Silly children

That is a very Polyanna-ish way of looking at things. 

First off, I never claimed they had to sell out to make profits.  What they really need for that is a lot of big paying sponsors (not sure if they have that) and a juicy local TV deal.  (Not sure how possible that is)  Concessions and parking is nice in the beginning when they will undoubtedly have higher than normal attendance.  But when the newness wears off and they are back to a few grand a game parking and concessions won't be all that high.
Further, I'm no sure of the finances of that dome but traditionally the luxury boxes pay for much of the teams contribution to the facility.  Did Miami or Dade County foot 100% of the bill for this? If they did, sweet for the Marlin owners but pretty stupid of the local officials.

12/9/11   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Mark_Guerrero wrote:
Oh you mean in 97 when the won the world series ya what idiots it obviously didn't work when all u did was win the world series

No, I mean in '97 when they finished 2nd to the Braves and lost so much money in the process than they had to sell away the team.

12/9/11   |   Mark_Guerrero   |   91 respect

There's a little thing called back end contracts. Second of all marlins sold out luxury seats and most of the season tickets seats. Just because the spent 190 million or whatever doesn't mean that's the payroll at the end of the year its going to be middle of the pack. And to say marlins have to sell out every game to make a profit is just the dumbest thing to say. Add parking concessions and every thing else this team is going to do just fine. They made a good profit playing in a stadium that they couldn't even make a revenue yet they are going to struggle playing in a brand new dome stadium where they will make 100% revenue?? Silly children

12/9/11   |   Mark_Guerrero   |   91 respect

ML31 wrote:
Assuming they sell out every game, and if they up their average ticket price from $19 to $30 for the next season they would make nearly $90 million from ticket sales alone.  They are going to need much more than sell outs to keep that team together.  They will need their luxury boxes sold, a LOT of sponsors and most importantly, a lucrative local TV deal that I'm not so sure is possible in that market.

Omg u know nothing about baseball obviously I'm not even gonna waste my time telling you how wrong you are

12/9/11   |   Mark_Guerrero   |   91 respect

ML31 wrote:
Marlins did this sort of thing once before.  It didn't work then, not sure why they think it will work now....

Oh you mean in 97 when the won the world series ya what idiots it obviously didn't work when all u did was win the world series

12/8/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Looking at this in a vacuum, it's a nice little signing. Buehrle's as durable a pitcher as there is in baseball, and heading to the weaker league should help me. He's only 32, so there's no reason he can't keep it going throughout the contract. The Marlins need his steady hand in the rotation, which is a little weak, especially if Johnson doesn't fully come back.

12/7/11   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Assuming they sell out every game, and if they up their average ticket price from $19 to $30 for the next season they would make nearly $90 million from ticket sales alone.  They are going to need much more than sell outs to keep that team together.  They will need their luxury boxes sold, a LOT of sponsors and most importantly, a lucrative local TV deal that I'm not so sure is possible in that market.

12/7/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Scott wrote:
 $191 million spent so far this offseason.  Loria better hope his hunch that he'll be able to sell out that new stadium nightly is correct or this franchise will be in trouble in a couple of years

 That's why Loria won't give no-trade clauses. So he can inevitably deal the stars when the seats are empty. 

12/7/11   |   Scott   |   53863 respect

 $191 million spent so far this offseason.  Loria better hope his hunch that he'll be able to sell out that new stadium nightly is correct or this franchise will be in trouble in a couple of years

12/7/11   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Marlins did this sort of thing once before.  It didn't work then, not sure why they think it will work now....