Curt Schilling announced this morning on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan (click for interview) that he will not be retiring at the end of this season as he has previously stated. While not under contract past this season, Schilling would like to remain in Boston and will be talking extension with the Red Sox front office this spring.
How this impacts the Red Sox long term planning around their pitching staff is unknown. With the young players ready to make their mark on the pitching staff Schilling’s return could push Tim Wakefield out of the starting rotation in 2008.
“I’m in discussions with the Red Sox, we had talked last week and there’s a lot going on obviously right now, but where I’m going to play beyond 2007 … I hope it’s Boston,” he said . “This is where I want to play and in the days leading up to spring training we’ll figure it out one way or the other. If I go into this season without a contract from the Red Sox then I will go out and find a home for 2008.”
When asked if the negotiations with the Red Sox will go only through the end of spring training, Schilling said, “Well, probably not even then. We’re set to talk here again this week and we’ll talk probably in the days leading up to spring training, but there’s so much going on this year here from the team standpoint that I’ve never been comfortable dragging stuff like this into the season … and I wouldn’t do that this year either.”
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