By Dave van Dyck, Tribune reporter
10:23 AM CST, November 16, 2011
MILWAUKEE -- While Mark Buehrle switching from South Side to North Side sounds intriguing, it most likely is just a fantasy league bit of conversation.
The Cubs don’t appear to be in the market for any high-priced free agents and Buehrle falls into that category. In fact, his likely $14 million asking price for four years probably is also too expensive for the White Sox.
It is very likely, however, that the Cubs have contacted Buehrle’s representatives, among others, just to let them know the new guys in town are open for business.
While new Cubs GM Jed Hoyer won’t comment on specific players, he did say, “I think it’s important to express interest in the guys you’re interested in early on, making calls to agents to make sure they know you’re interested. Coming in late sometimes, a player looks at it like ‘where has this team been? Maybe I was a second or third choice.’ So expressing interest is important.”
Buehrle is known to have drawn interest from several teams, most notably the Marlins and Yankees. But any National League team should be interested given his all-time best 24-6 interleague record. At Wrigley Field, he is 3-2 with a 4.80 ERA.
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