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Schilling Files for Free Agency

For the first time in Schillings career he has gone to free agency. Officially it happened Tuesday October 30th. Curt Schilling is 40 years old. And in baseball today it hardly seems old at all. He still has a competive edge and even when he only throws a 83 mph fastball he still has the smarts and guile to figure hitters out and eat innings. The Red Sox remain his first choice but there is a long process in between where he is now, fresh of a World Series win with the Sox, and making a decision on a team and contract.

He listed 12 other teams he’s interested in, including: Cleveland, Detroit, Anaheim, New York Mets, Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A., S.D., Arizona, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis, Milwaukee.

For a little more insight and detail here are Curt’s own words from 38pitches.com

Hard to believe that after 21 years in professional baseball, the first day of free agency would come when I was 40 years old. I’ve not been a free agent for one day of my career before today……

Filing for free agency is weird. I never knew or thought about how it happened. Representing myself I rounded up the legal details and figured out exactly how it works. For the next 15 days I can speak with other teams, and they can contact me, but no details can be discussed. They can only express interest. For the next 15 days the team that remains my first choice, the Sox, have exclusive rights. I guess I’ll find out how closely teams follow rules…..

So this huge thing, free agency, was accomplished by doing the following.

Place a phone call to the MLBPA, tell them you want to become a free agent, hang up.

Weird. Something that can be so life altering was pretty much a 48 second phone call. They file a letter with the commissioners office “A letter of intent” that lists all the players filing that day, and it’s official.

The list of teams that our family has talked over, that we think would be a fit for next year, should we not come back, are pretty much teams in cities we agree would be ok for our last year, and teams I think have a legitimate shot at being in the post season and/or World Series. Teams we didn’t include aren’t for any one reason. There are a million little things that go into this from stadiums to school districts to travel to spring training to etc. etc. etc. but the list represents the teams after Boston that have some of the off the field things that are big to us, plus the potential to go into October next year.

Cleveland, Detroit, Anaheim, New York Mets, Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A., S.D., Arizona, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis, Milwaukee

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