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Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle pitches during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 21, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle pitches during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 21, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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(CBS) Now that their manager is locked down, the fate of veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle will come into the White Sox’s focus.

Buehrle, a 12-year veteran, is an unrestricted free agent. He’s been the ace of the club’s staff for years, and replacing him won’t be easy.

“Listen, whenever it is, when Mark Buehrle leaves, you’re going to have a void,” general manager Ken Williams said. “I’m not just talking about the player standpoint, but who he is, what he is, all the peripheral things. You can’t ask for a better guy performance wise and non-performance wise.”

Williams made it clear the team won’t offer a contract to Buehrle before he has a chance to shop the market — something that could easily drive his price right out of Chicago’s budget.

“The market has to tell us what he’s going to command,” Williams said. “And we’ll look into it then to see if it fits into our planning and budget.”

Over 12 season in Chicago, Buehrle is 161-119 with a 3.83 ERA, including a no-hitter and a perfect game.

 

 

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