Curt Schilling will arguably be the best free agent starter this winter. Carlos Zambrano and Mark Buehrle may be the big names, but those guys will be looking for deals around five years and may not be better than Schilling in 2008 anyway.
When we last checked in on this situation in March, Schilling had no hard feelings towards the Sox but didn’t want to discuss anything until after the season. At that time the Red Sox were his first choice, and I doubt anything has changed. Right now, Schilling for $13MM in 2008 seems like a no-brainer. However, we would’ve said the same thing last year at the All-Star break when he was 10-3 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Schilling did wear down a bit in the dog days of summer. If the Red Sox are able to wait but remain the favorite for Schilling, that’s clearly the best choice.