Mark Buehrle is not signing, but also not officially retiring

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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.