I checked the list Tuesday night and didn’t come up with any player who was a star for the White Sox and the Cubs.
Sammy Sosa, he has to be mentioned, became a household name with the Cubs after one decent season (1990) with the Sox.
Other players - Johnny Evers, Phil Cavarretta, Ron Santo, Don Kessinger, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Hoyt Wilhelm, Oscar Gamble and Lance Johnson – were also successful on one side of town and not so good on the other.
And the point is …
Is Mark Buehrle going to sign with the Cubs? Rumors run rampant at this time of the year, but this one has some juice.
Buehrle, a standout starting pitcher for the White Sox the past 11 seasons, is a free agent.
At the GM meetings Tuesday night in Milwaukee, FOX Sports reported Jeff Berry, Buehrle’s agent, has had multiple discussions with the Cubs.
According to a source, the Cubs would be interested in signing Buehrle “if the price tag and years aren’t astronomical.”
Buehrle figures to command a four-year deal, and his price seems to be going up. Could the Cubs do four for $50 million?
That figures to be the neighborhood for Buehrle, who has won at least 10 games while making 30 starts and pitching 200 innings 11 years in a row. That’s the longest streak in baseball.
Buehrle has also won three straight Gold Gloves.
As for pitching in the National League, Buehrle has the most interleague wins (24) in baseball, and he is a lifetime 3-2 with a 4.80 ERA in 7 starts at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs make sense for Buehrle because family is vital for the left-hander and he has lived in Chicago during the season the past 12 years.