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Schilling thinks Sox will land Santana

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  December 12, 2007 10:51 AM

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In an appearance on sports radio WEEI's Dennis and Callahan show this morning, Curt Schilling said he is convinced the Red Sox will eventually complete a trade for Twins ace Johan Santana.

"I just know that once you leave the winter meetings, things don't go on the same schedule," Schilling said, "but I really think it's going to happen."

Schilling talked about what the Red Sox rotation would be like with Santana in the mix.

"That just seems to me to be a potentially unfair setup, in a really cool way," Schilling said of a potential fantasy rotation of Josh Beckett, Santana, Schilling, Daisuke Matsuzaka and one of Tim Wakefield, Jon Lester, or Clay Buchholz.

He joked, "I'm looking at being a spot-starter No. 5 guy, which I'm entirely OK with because I see us having trouble not winning 120 games."

Schilling also said he didn't think Santana would care that Josh Beckett wants the ball on Opening Day.

On Ellsbury ...
Schilling also talked about Jacoby Ellsbury's recent signing with agent Scott Boras and his appearance at a memorabilia event, where his autographs were sold for more than $100.

"There are a lot of guys doing that," Schilling said. "You had the kid who's pure as the driven snow, and all of a sudden, in your mind [host Gerry Callahan], he's tainted now because he signed with the devil [Boras], and he did what most other players in the game do which is charge people for his autograph.

"I think you learn kind of quick, doing those [signings] though, that that's just not the way to do it ... I stopped doing public autograph shows where cash was exchanged probably about 10 or 12 years ago. They're dirty. Dirty, dirty, dirty things."

On his weight ...
Schilling was asked if he was getting close to his ideal weight.

"I'm getting there," Schilling said. "The hard part about dropping weight in my situation is that we're lifting now, so you're putting on a little muscle and some mass at the same time. Generally at the beginning of situations like this is you move kind of quickly putting mass on so the weight drop is hard."

Listen to the entire Schilling interview on WEEI here.

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