November 6, 2007


Schilling, Sox close: Righthander could re-sign with team as early as today (Nick Cafardo, November 6, 2007, Boston Globe)

Sometime today, barring a last-minute snafu, Schilling is expected to finalize a deal to stay with the Sox. According to a major league source with knowledge of the negotiations, most of the terms have been agreed to; there might be some incentives that are being finalized. Schilling was known to be seeking a salary of $13 million. [...]

The big thing the Red Sox want to see is the veteran righthander's dedication in the workout room this offseason, something that was lacking last season. Many baseball officials believe that if Schilling can get back into top shape, his velocity could increase from the mid to high 80s that he usually reaches now.

The Red Sox value Schilling's tutelage with younger members of the pitching staff and think he can continue to make Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester, and Clay Buchholz better.

In 24 starts this past season, Schilling went 9-8 with a 3.87 ERA. In the playoffs, he went 3-0 in four starts, with a 3.00 ERA.

If Schilling rejoins the ranks, the Sox will have Matsuzaka, Beckett, Lester, Buchholz, Tim Wakefield, and Schilling, as well as Julian Tavarez on the roster. Epstein said the team is not concerned by the sore shoulder Wakefield developed late in the season, as his medical tests came out favorably and a full recovery is expected.

Epstein also has scheduled a few trade-talk meetings, likely for today, and while he was not specific about the teams or players involved, it is clear Coco Crisp will be the focal point of most of Boston's talks this offseason.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2007 6:54 AM

He belongs in Sedona Red. He was bribed away.

Posted by: Brandon at November 6, 2007 10:34 AM

Sawx get older, fatter.

Excellent news.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 6, 2007 11:47 AM