As reported everywhere, the Chicago Sun Times says things are getting “serious” between the Sox and Sox regarding a “trade” for “Mark” “Buehrle,” whose contract is up at the end of the season.

What makes Boston the front runner is our “farm system loaded with players in whom the White Sox are interested,” which include the likes of Clay Buchholz, Michael Bowden, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie.

It should also be noted that Buehrle, according to Jay Mariotti in the Sun-Times, has a “Cardinals fetish” (his words), and the Missouri homie is reportedly eager to sign with his hometown team come 2008.

Considering how Schill and The Doug Mirabelli Pension Plan have performed through their last few outings, and so long as we could keep Buchholz, Ellsbury and Jon Lester out of any proposed deal, I think it’s worth exploring. You? And at what price?