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    November 7, 2007:
    Welcome Back Curt Schilling!

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:28 pm in Red Sox,Signings and Trades Comment (1)

    Whoo Hoo! No sooner than the rumors were out and about that a deal with Curt Schilling was imminent, that is happened…a contract for $8 million base salary, with incentives that could bump him up to $14 million was agreed upon by the Sox and Curt… The contract also includes a $2 million portion that would activate if Curt hit certain conditioning levels–which was a part of the contract that he offered, after arriving in Spring Training overweight last year…

    So now, the projected rotation for the 2008 campaign is: Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, Daisuke, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and Tim Wakefield. Is it possible the Sox will run with a 6 man rotation next year? Theo would not dismiss it outright: “We’ve discussed that concept, the concept of a six-man rotation…I think it’s premature to commit to any usage pattern, but certainly we’re in a bit of a unique situation where you’d say a number of our starters might benefit from something like that in one way or another. But there’s just so much attrition in baseball that the minute we start counting on having a six-man rotation or give it serious consideration, that’s when we lose a pitcher or two in Spring Training and we look for someone to step up.”

    Now, can we get it done with Mike Lowell–Please? Rumors around town say talks are progressing (Mike filed for free agency yesterday, as did Mike Timlin) and that he is looking for a guaranteed 3rd year, and if he gets that, he would probably take a hometown discount…Thankfully, he agent are the Brothers Levinson, not Scott Boras, or you KNOW a deal would never happen…

    And while there was no one more deserving that Kevin Youkilis, who won his 1st Gold Glove at 1st base, I thought someone more “flashy”–or someone who had played the position longer would win–and I am so glad I was wrong in this case. From Tito: “What an accomplishment for a kid in his first year at the position and for someone who didn’t come up as a first baseman…He certainly deserves it. He’s a testimony to hard work. I’ll be damned. What a great job.” This is the 2nd time in team history that a 1st baseman won a gold glove, the 1st being 3-time winning George Scott, who won in 1967, 1968 and 1971. The OC won the glove at SS–can I just tell you how happy I am that it wasn’t Jeter again? That was a freaking JOKE…

    Big Papi had his arthroscopic surgery on his right knee yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital and all went well. It is expected he will be rehab immediately, and be ready in plenty of time for Spring Training…I am just so glad he was able to get through the rest of the season without his knee falling off…in his “off” year of pain in 2007, while playing 149 games, Big Papi hit .332 with 35 home runs and 117 RBIs

    Looks like the Sox playing Oakland in Japan next year is going to happen–let me just say that the ONLY good thing about this? That baseball will be played on the 22nd and 23rd of March…but then also consider the fact that the games will probably be on at 4:00am, and as much of a Sox fan as I am, NOT getting up in the middle of the night to watch them…

    One Response to “November 7, 2007:
    Welcome Back Curt Schilling!”

    1. Ted D says:

      Hi Christine,

      I read today that the Sox have offered Lowell a 3 year deal with an option for a fourth year. PLEASE let that be true.

      I’m very much opposed to this playing in Japan nonsense: don’t get me wrong, I’ll set the TiVo and watch, but I don’t like it. Not one little bit. (Great: now I’m channeling the Cat in the Hat).

      Anyway, hope you are well.

      Ted

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