Originally posted on Fantasy Baseball Tools  |  Last updated 12/7/11


The Miami Marlins continue to the big spenders so far of the winter meetings as they snagged starting free agent pitcher Mark Buehrle, signing him to a four-year $58 million contract. The move reunites him with his old manager from the Chicago White Sox Ozzie Guillen. The left-handed Buehrle who turns 33 in March will be pitching in the National League for the first time in his career which may make him relevant in fantasy baseball circles a while longer as he ages. It should also help boost his strikeout rate slightly which should push his totals closer to the 120-130 range per year instead of around 100 where he had been in the American League.

The San Diego Padres found a new closer to replace departed free agent Heath Bell, picking up Huston Street from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later. The move gives the Padres a proven reliable closer and if the team is out of the playoff race come July, they can always flip him to a team that is in contention.

For the Rockies, it gives them a chance to shed some payroll, plus they already have a solution to close games in Rafael Betancourt who finished the year as the Colorado Closer in 2010.

The Pittsburgh Pirates made two small minor deals signing free agents Nate McLouth to fill a fourth-outfielder role, signing him to a one-year $1.75 million contract and adding starting pitcher Erik Bedard to a one-year $4.5 million contract. The Bedard signing is the most interesting for NL-only owners as he can be an end of a draft or auction play despite his injury risks.

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