Steve Silva of the Boston Globe writes about Curt Schilling’s appearance on WEEI this morning in the Extra Bases blog.
Apparently if the Red Sox were to offer Schilling the same $13MM he wanted in the preseason for 2008, he would still accept. Does it still make sense for Epstein to play it safe, and then maybe give Schilling an additional million or two as a penalty? That would be very agreeable to the Red Sox, but then they’d risk losing him.
The concern is that Schilling may experience the same second half decline he did in 2006. But after a closer examination of his last three months of last year, it wasn’t that bad. He was hittable, but his trademark command was still there and he still managed 6.4 innings per start. If that’s the worst case scenario it’s worth tying him up right now.