As expected, Chicago White Sox starting lefty Mark Buehrle officially filed for free agency Sunday. Buehrle has never filed before in his major league career. Agent Jeff Berry reported that the White Sox made the pitcher a two-year offer, but Buehrle and Berry have decided to field offers from other teams.
The White Sox will most likely make a serious offer to Buehrle. Buehrle has been a workhorse his entire career. You can count on 200+ innings from him year in an year out. He has hit that milestone in 11 consecutive seasons. You can also count on him giving 110% every start whether his team is 20 games over .500 or 20 games out of first place.
C.J. Wilson was most likely going to set the bar for teams to make offers, but his poor postseason may have lowered the price tag for starting pitchers. The White Sox are rumored to be shopping Gavin Floyd as well. Should the Sox lose both Buehrle and Floyd, they will be in serious trouble.
Backup catcher Ramon Castro, left fielder Juan Pierre, and aging shortstop Omar Vizquel were the other White Sox who officially filed Sunday as well.