2011 MLB Hot Stove: Mark Buehrle's Miami Marlins Contract Heavily Backloaded

Mark Buehrle wanted a no-trade clause from the Marlins but did not receive one. Instead, the team backloaded his contract, which will make Buehrle more expensive and more difficult to trade as time goes by. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Buehrle will receive $6 million in 2012, $11 million in 2013, $18 million in 2014 and $19 million in 2015. He also received a $4 million signing bonus.

While the backloaded-contract-as-trade-deterrent may be beneficial for Buehrle, it could end up being trouble for the Marlins, who'll owe the lefty a total of $37 million for his age 35 and age 36 seasons. Fangraphs estimates that Buehrle has been worth roughly $15 million in each of the last three seasons.

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