GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A significant elbow injury suffered by Cardinals ace-hurler Adam Wainwright figures to eventually churn the rumor mill toward a Mark Buehrle-to-St. Louis scenario. Before those rumors start to fly, the White Sox are not looking to move any hurler from one of the American League's best starting rotations, once a healthy Jake Peavy returns.
Buehrle's full no-trade veto power as a 10-year veteran, with at least five years playing for the White Sox, also comes into play. There's no need for Buehrle to think about invoking the no-trade provision with the White Sox hoping to contend for a World Series title, let alone a division crown.
But if the White Sox falter early and look to trade away veteran salaries, with Buehrle in the final year of a four-year, $56 million deal, the southpaw would judge the situation on a case-by-case situation.
"There are teams, if it came down to it and I didn't want to play for them, I would not waive it," said Buehrle, asked about his no-trade thought process before the Wainwright injury. "But if it came down to it, I would do it for [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] and the team because they have done enough for me.
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"I'm sure if we play bad in the first half and there's no way of getting back into it and they don't think there's a chance and they are starting to trade away guys, I would probably be one of the first guys to go. With my contract expiring, they could dump money and get prospects. But I don't want to think about it and hope it doesn't get close to that point."