Buehrle reportedly leaning toward retirement

Veteran left-hander won 15 games for Blue Jays in 2015

Buehrle reportedly leaning toward retirement

Mark Buehrle is reportedly strongly considering retiring, but he is not yet ready to announce his future plans, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Heyman tweeted Tuesday morning the 36-year-old left-hander has turned down offers in the one-year, $15 million range. He also has not started throwing and has told people, "he entered MLB quietly, and could leave the same," according to a Heyman tweet.

Buerhle was a 38th-round pick in the 1998 Draft by the White Sox, with whom he spent the first 12 years of his career. He was a mark of durability in his 16-year career, logging 200-plus innings for 14 consecutive years and making at least 30 starts in each of his 15 seasons as a starter.

He failed to reach the 200-inning milestone with the Blue Jays in 2015 -- coming up 1 1/3 innings short -- but he led the American League with four of his 33 career complete games.

If this is the end, Buehrle finishes with a 214-160 record and a 3.81 ERA in 16 years with the White Sox, Marlins and Blue Jays. He was a five-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner and threw the 18th perfect game in Major League history on July 23, 2009, against the Rays.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.