The Globe is reporting that the Red Sox will not extend Curt Schilling before the season begins, as was the pitcher’s wont and desire. As such, he says he will file for free agency after the season is completed. We thought that the Yankees would have been more willing to give Mariano Rivera the courtesy of an extension (though we also understand their hesitance in extending him long-term, considering his age), but with Curt it’s a bit different, as far as we are concerned. He’s not the best ever and still pitching like it (a la Rivera). He is declining, performance-wise, he’s over 40, and he’s still got a year left on his contract. There’s really no urgent reason to spend next year’s money now on a player like Schilling, considering the youth of the starting staff. If the Sox do end up extending him (now or later), then that’s fine by us: Curt’s still a darn good pitcher, he wants a one-year deal, and for the same dollars as he makes now. Not unreasonable demands. Nor is the Sox’ position about waiting and seeing. As for any kind of heated debate about whether the Sox aren’t doing right by the hurler, we think Curt says it best: “Now we go about getting ready for the season and doing the things we do". His focus is on what matters.
Sounds like we can put this to bed as a controversy until later; both sides have handled this decision professionally.