The Washington Nationals have been in heavy pursuit of Chicago White Sox free-agent pitcher Mark Buehrle, and that has been confirmed by general manager Mike RIzzo. In an interview with reporters at the 2011 Winter Meetings in Dallas, Rizzo said the Nationals have made a formal offer to Buehrle.
Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:
Mike Rizzo made a "legitimate, fair, market value" offer to Buehrle. Seems confident. "I feel good about it."
It's now on Buehrle to accept or reject the offer. The Miami Marlins are also interested in Buehrle, but have set their sights on C.J. Wilson instead, according to the latest MLB rumors.
Buehrle went 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year for the White Sox. The 31-year old has thrown at least 200 innings in each of the last 11 years.
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