The Washington Nationals are among the "finalists" to sign free-agent starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The other team in the running is the Miami Marlins, who have apparently set their sights on C.J. Wilson, another free-agent left-hander, and have reportedly offered him a six-year contract. As Rosenthal notes, "if Marlins get C.J., that seemingly would leave Buehrle for Nats."
Buehrle, 32, has spent his entire 12-year career with the Chicago White Sox. That career includes one perfect game, four All-Star appearances, and three Gold Glove awards. His record stands at 161-119 with a 3.83 earned run average. In 2011, the Missouri native posted a 13-9 record and a 3.59 ERA.
Buehrle is regarded as something of a workhorse. In his 11 full seasons, he's never pitched fewer than 201 innings, and has led the American League in innings pitched and games started on two occasions.