A $13 million offer will still get it done for another year of Curt Schilling in Boston.
Despite asserting that he’d hit the free-agent market this off-season after Theo Epstein and the Red Sox declined to extend him during spring training, Schilling this morning said that if the team made him an offer for 2008 today at the same rate he is being paid now ($13 million) -- the same terms he offered this spring -- he would accept it.
Schilling was asked the hypothetical question during his weekly radio appearance on sports radio WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan program. John Dennis asked Schilling if he would accept if Epstein approached him with a $13 million contract and said, "Curt, you were right, we were wrong in spring training, let's get next year taken care of and locked up right now."
"Yes," was Schilling's reply.
Schilling, in the third and final year of his current contract, is 6-3 with a 3.80 ERA. Last night, in his first start since coming within one out of no-hitting the Oakland Athletics, Schilling gave up six runs in five innings in a loss to the Colorado Rockies.
During spring training, Epstein told the media that the team was going to wait until the end of the season to decide whether to make their ace an offer for 2008.
"Curt's going to be 41, and at that age we get a little more conservative," Epstein said at the time. "That doesn't mean we don't want him back. We have all the confidence in the world that Curt wants to pitch in 2008, and if he pitches effectively, as I expect he will, we'll find a way to keep him in a Red Sox uniform. It doesn't make sense from a business standpoint right now to guarantee that kind of money a year in advance to a 41-year-old. Again, that doesn't change how we feel about Curt, his place in the organization.
"There's a bit of a sliding scale based on age," Epstein said. "The deeper you go into your career, I think the more hesitant the club might be to guarantee salaries years in advance."