A few minutes into Tuesday's conference call with reporters, Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle broke the ice.

After he admitted he didn't really want to talk about it, Buehrle opened the floor to questions about the Marlins' dismissal of manager Ozzie Guillen, the man largely responsible for Buehrle signing a four-year free-agent deal with Miami.

"I'm surprised," said the left-hander, who won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove on Tuesday, a personal highlight at the end of a dismal 69-93 season. "There's a lot of stuff that us as players or the media didn't pay attention to that caused his firing. For one, we didn't play very good. Coming into spring training and having the team we had, the Marlins thought we'd come out and compete, and obviously that didn't happen."

Buehrle, who was 13-13 with 3.74 earned-run average over the 2012 season, said he'd miss the family atmosphere in Guillen's clubhouse. The day his manager was fired, Buehrle text-messaged Guillen, who also managed him for eight of his 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, and "thanked him for everything he's done for my career." Buehrle hasn't spoken to Guillen since, though he said he'd call him once the story died down.