Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that, according to a source, Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle is considering retiring after this season. Buehrle’s four-year, $58 million contract expires at the conclusion of the season and he will become a free agent, creating a convenient ending point for a career.
Buehrle, 36, hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, however. He finished last season with a superb 3.39 ERA in 202 innings and has won both of his starts so far this season, allowing five runs in 12 innings.
Buehrle has accrued at least 200 innings in every season dating back to 2001. Those 14 seasons are by far the most in that span of time. Next in line, eight players have each had eight seasons of 200-plus innings since 2001: Justin Verlander, James Shields, Cliff Lee, Bronson Arroyo, CC Sabathia, Roy Halladay, Javier Vazquez, and Livan Hernandez. In addition to being baseball’s resident innings-eater, Buehrle has made five All-Star teams and won four Gold Gloves.