Not looking good for Schilling, but maybe Pettitte

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, November 06, 2007 10:33 AM | Comments: 2

Phillies fans hopes to have their prodigal son return to the club are slowly being dashed. We’re talking about Curt Schilling here, and he’s talking about returning to the Red Sox next season on his blog.

Talks with the Red Sox are moving. Theo and I have spoken multiple times daily over the past week and given the current situation I am feeling very confident that we will be able to finalize a 1 year contract to allow us a chance to finish our career as members of the Red Sox organization.

There are some things to iron out and details that must be finalized for both sides but barring something unforseen or outrageously odd happening I feel very comfortable that I will finish my career here.

Although I never really thought he would come back to Philly, I think it would’ve been an unwise use of starting pitching money for the Phillies to try and sign Schill. The Phils need someone for more than a single season. They need to give an Adam Eaton-contract to someone that can perform to it’s standards.

One guy I think that would be worth pursuing is Andy Pettitte. Although that would add another lefty to the rotation, just imagine how much better Cole Hamels would be (in the playoffs) with the all-time leader in World Series victories as a mentor. I mention Pettitte today, mostly because news broke that he is opting-out of his $16 million contract with the Yankees for next season. Most signs are pointing to him either returning to the Yankees under a different deal or simply retiring. It would cost the Phils a lot to lure the 35-year old south, but it might be worth an offer to at least show the public they are at least trying.

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  • Posts: 0 Greg

    From Ken Mandel’s mailbag:

    Have the Phillies considered pursuing Andy Pettitte?
    – Ed B., Mt Laurel

    They won’t pursue him, and it wouldn’t matter if they did. Pettitte told a Houston-area television station last week that he will either pitch for the Yankees in 2008 or not at all. The 35-year-old is considering retirement, and would forfeit a $16 million player option. He must notify the Yankees of his decision by Thursday.

    “The New York Yankees committed an awful lot of money to me and put it in my hands, gave me a player option and trusted me with that option,” Pettitte told KRIV-TV. “It probably wouldn’t be real honorable for me not to do anything other than if I shut it down, shut it down or go back and play for the New York Yankees.”

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    In other news, Jimmy Rollins and Aaron Rowand collected Gold Glove awards yesterday. Congratulations to both.

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