CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle considers the White Sox his second family, the organization presenting him with a chance to fulfill his dream back in 1998. But even with nine quality starts in his last 10 trips to the mound, and Tuesday's effort cut short by rain, the veteran understands there could be a family split at the end of the 2011 season.
"Obviously, I would love to finish out my career here, like I said before, but I don't know what their plans are," Buehrle said. "I might not be in their plans. Would it [stink]? Yeah. But at same time, it's part of baseball.
"Sometimes down the road they have to move on and go a different route. I'm thankful for the chance they gave me. There will always be a special place in my heart for this team."
Buehrle is working in the final year of a four-year, $56 million deal. He has no idea concerning the White Sox thoughts on his future but certainly understands the process that eventually could bring him back.
"I think they are doing the right thing," Buehrle said. "Just wait to the end, make sure I'm healthy and finish off strong and go from there.
"But really, I have no clue. You would like to think they would want you around. At the same time, the financial part and business part might step in front of that."