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Buehrle signs four-year deal with Miami

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Buehrle signs four-year deal with Miami

CSNChicago.com's Chuck Garfien has confirmed a report that Mark Buehrle has signed with the Miami Marlins.

The deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, is worth 58 million over four years. That's a 2 million increase from the four-year extension Buehrle signed with the White Sox in 2007.

Buehrle will be reunited with manager Ozzie Guillen with the Marlins.

The 32-year-old Buehrle was a model of consistency in his 12 seasons with the White Sox, throwing 200 or more innings every year from 2001-2011 with a 3.83 ERA. He has a laundry list of accomplishments, from throwing a no-hitter and perfect game to recording a save in the 2005 World Series to hitting a home run against Milwaukee in 2009.

CSNChicago.com reported Monday that the Marlins were the front-runners to sign Buehrle.

The White Sox neither had the room nor money to bring Buehrle back -- especially at that high a price tag -- and never emerged as a real threat to land the free agent. Under the circumstances, though, four years and 58 million is an awful lot of money for a pitcher who will be 37 when the deal ends.

Fans, what do you think? Would you rather have Buehrle gone somewhere else? Or have the White Sox try to find a way to keep him? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

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After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen