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08:10 AM ET 10.12 | If the Yankees are in the bidding, the price naturally will draw attention. [It's] tough for Nolan Ryan to predict whether his club can re-sign ace lefty C.J. Wilson, a pending free-agent starter who is a likely target for the Yankees. But Ryan, the Rangers president and CEO, knows "there are going to be challenges there" in vying to retain Wilson's services. That's probably where the Yanks come in. "You know that there are going to be some clubs out there that have a lot of resources that are always looking for pitching," Ryan said, responding to a question about recent speculation linking Wilson and the Yankees, who are desperate to improve a subpar starting rotation.

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October 12, 2011  08:21 AM ET

Why does Mark Buerhle seem to off everyone's radar? He's a free agent, too. I'd take him over CJ Wilson and you can probably get him cheaper than Wilson.

October 12, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Sign him. Send A.J. to Mets. Maybe he could pitch in the National League.

October 12, 2011  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'd take him over CJ Wilson

Really? Why?

October 12, 2011  08:36 AM ET

I think there are a lot of teams out there coveting this guy.

October 12, 2011  08:39 AM ET

He's gonna make out quite well for just finishing his second year as a starter, but I see him staying put. He got pretty close to Cliff Lee last year and learned a lot from him. Maybe he also learned the grass is not always greener elsewhere.

October 12, 2011  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's gonna make out quite well for just finishing his second year as a starter, but I see him staying put. He got pretty close to Cliff Lee last year and learned a lot from him. Maybe he also learned the grass is not always greener elsewhere.

Lee found it pretty green in Philly but it's all about what makes him comfortable, plus for the Yankees it depends on what happens with Sabathia.

October 12, 2011  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Really? Why?

Why not?

October 12, 2011  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Why not?

I was going to say age, but Wilson's only 2 years younger. It's kind of a toss-up between the two for me otherwise.

October 12, 2011  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Really? Why?

I'll be the first to admit that Wilson has way more upside and is clearly the better pitcher this year. Some concerns about CJ Wilson: he has had a substantial increase in his workload over the past 2 years pitching as a starter after being a reliever. As you know, sometimes that is a recipe for injury.

Also, Wilson's track record - 2 remarkable seasons but the jury is still out how he will be over the long haul. Buerhle is a known commodity.

I like Buerhle mainly because he has proven he can pitch under the bright lights. I am concerned that Wilson could wilt in NYC. For the money he will be seeking, I think there's a lot of risk inherent in signing Wilson.

Plus, Wilson has been marginal in the postseason (small sample size, albeit) which is what the Yankees are ultimately paying for.

You know the Yanks are again going to spend ridiculously in the offseason. I just think the money would be better spent on Buerhle. And Buerhle will command a lot less money and a shorter contract.

I admit that my opinion is colored by the fact that I have always had a man crush on Buerhle. He doesn't **** around bouncing off and on the mound between pitches and keeps the game moving.

October 12, 2011  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sign him. Send A.J. to Mets. Maybe he could pitch in the National League.

I believe the White Sox still have an option on him for next year at $15mil.......Wilson is 3 years younger also....

October 12, 2011  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why does Mark Buerhle seem to off everyone's radar? He's a free agent, too. I'd take him over CJ Wilson and you can probably get him cheaper than Wilson.

sorry wrong quote...

I believe the White Sox still have an option on him for next year at $15mil.......Wilson is 3 years younger also....

October 12, 2011  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sign him. Send A.J. to Mets. Maybe he could pitch in the National League.

If the Yankees are gonna eat the cash on AJ's deal ....otherwise its a pipe dream.....

October 12, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Why not?

I think we covered the CJ vs. Buhrle situtaion the otherday. It depends on the age of your rotation... CJ would be better for a more aged rotation that would be a solid brigde to gap the Vets to the rooks kinda rotation member.
I think CJ would be a great fit for the Cards or Yankees for example.
Buhrle would be an excellent Vet presence to the "Now" orientated clubs. I think a better fit for a Buhrle would actually be a team like the Rangers, Rays, Marlins, Braves, or even Tigers

October 12, 2011  09:06 AM ET

I don't think the Rangers should overpay to keep this guy. He is not a true #1, just a solid #2 at best. Pay him like that, and if some other team is willing to pay too much, let them. They can bump Feldman up or go get someone else via trade. CJ so far has not proven his role as a #1 in these playoffs, which is big. If the Rangers are paying out big money for a #1, that guy needs to be better come crunch time.

October 12, 2011  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Also, Wilson's track record - 2 remarkable seasons but the jury is still out how he will be over the long haul. Buerhle is a known commodity.

There's no question Buerhle has been a workhorse, but at 33, I'm not sure how much of a known commodity he is any more. He had a 4.28 ERA last year.

I understand your point about Wilson's track record, but in the two years he's been a starter, he's thrown more innings than Buerhle with an ERA that's better by 0.80. That's significant.

October 12, 2011  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

There's no question Buerhle has been a workhorse, but at 33, I'm not sure how much of a known commodity he is any more. He had a 4.28 ERA last year.I understand your point about Wilson's track record, but in the two years he's been a starter, he's thrown more innings than Buerhle with an ERA that's better by 0.80. That's significant.

What about his ERA this year Slinky?

October 12, 2011  09:07 AM ET

and his career ERA

October 12, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Plus, Wilson has been marginal in the postseason (small sample size, albeit) which is what the Yankees are ultimately paying for.

With a 4.11 postseason ERA, Buehrle has been marginal in the playoffs as well.

October 12, 2011  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

What about his ERA this year Slinky?

It was 0.65 worse than Wilson's.

 
October 12, 2011  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

It was 0.65 worse than Wilson's.

I was just wondering why you didn't mention his most recent ERA in your argument. Odd.

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