Free agent Mark Buehrle told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that he’s “not planning to sign, but not officially retiring.”
In other words, he’ll see how he feels once the season starts and see which teams come calling for a 37-year-old left-hander who was still pretty damn effective last season while logging 199 innings with a 3.81 ERA for the Blue Jays.
There’s no doubt that Buehrle could have landed a one-year deal with a contending team if he definitely wanted to continue pitching, but from the moment he was left off Toronto’s playoff roster the assumption was that he’d call it a career after 16 seasons.
Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.
Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.
There are far worse bounceback candidates.