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Curt Schilling’s deal was good all around writes Dan Shaunessy. And I’ve said it before it was a great deal for both sides. The Red Sox keep one of the best post-season pitchers ever to play the game (11-2, 2.23 ERA). And Schilling gets to keep his family and himself home. And with the Red Sox it will give him a chance to win his 3rd world series with the Red Sox, 4th this century, and add to his career totals (hopefully creating a hall of fame resume).
Schillings deal works out to 8 million guaranteed, 3 million in performance bonuses and 2 million by meeting weight clauses.
A-Rod talks have begun. According to two teams who spoke with agent Scott Boras yesterday, they were told negotiations for a contract would start at.. eight years and $32 million a year. This would make the deal about 256 million total and 4 million more a year than his last deal. And of course it would be the highest single season salary ever.
Even the Yankees don’t want to afford that kind of price tag. When the Yankees got A-Rod from the Texas Rangers back in 2004 there was significant financial help which brought the deal closer to 16-17 million a year. A-Rods actual value probably lies around 22 million.
The Red Sox have yet to talk about A-Rod and are focusing on signing Mike Lowell.
The Yankees now are apparently talking about Miguel Cabrera.
The Baltimore Orioles have yet to hear much talk about Miguel Tejada. I’d like the Sox to look into aquiring Tejada. Especially because they might be in the market for a CF if Cory Patterson leaves.
Tejada would be a great replacement for Julio Lugo if Boston ever wanted to trade Lugo+___ for Tejada. Tejada may not be a great SS anymore but he could be moved to 3rd base. This would open up SS for prospect Jed Lowrie who has earned the shot.