Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe talked extensively with Keith Foulke, who currently closes for the Newark Bears. It's an amusing read.
Foulke hopes the independent league stint is a springboard back to the bigs:
"I'm not hoping to lead the Atlantic League in saves. I hope the phone rings today and it's the Diamondbacks and I can pack my stuff and get out of here. Any big league city is better than being here. I'd even play for the Yankees. I still think I have something to offer."
Grossfeld talked to a couple of scouts who gave Foulke mixed reviews, but he does have an 0.75 ERA in 12 innings with seven saves. Other members of the Bears' pitching staff include Armando Benitez, Bobby Brownlie, Ryan Bukvich, Shawn Chacon, and Aaron Fultz.
You may recall that Foulke walked away from $5MM from the Indians in 2007, choosing to retire due to injuries. Foulke commented on Curt Schilling, who was paid $8MM last year without pitching for the Red Sox: "He's got to wake up and look himself in the mirror every day." Grossfeld adds that Foulke hinted the A's did not pitch him in September last year due to his incentive-laden contract.