Curt Schilling is now a former Diamondback.
The right-handed pitcher on Friday agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Boston Red Sox, waived his no-trade clause and approved the trade that Arizona and Boston agreed to on Monday.
The trade is still pending on Schilling passing a physical.
The 37-year-old Schilling - who is under contract for 2004 at $12
million - received a two-year extension worth $25.5 million, a source
said. There is a vested option for 2007(with no buyout) worth another
The Red Sox sent pitchers Casey Fossum and Brandon Lyon, minor-league
pitcher Jorge de la Rosa and a player to be named later (beleived to be
minor-league outfielder Michael Goss) to the D-Backs.
With the Schilling deal done, Arizona - which has a goal of paring
payroll from $95 million to $80 million - will turn its attention to
dealing for a hitter, perhaps Milwaukee first baseman Richie Sexson.
"This gives us some more flexibility," D-Backs general manager Joe
Garagiola Jr. said. "And we feel we are getting some value in return."
Earlier on Friday, Major League Baseball granted the Red Sox an 24-hour
extension (to 3 p.m. Saturday) on the exclusive negotiating window they
had with Schilling. The two sides reached a deal not long afterward.
The agreement concluded three days of talks between Schilling and
Boston general manager Theo Epstein and team president Larry Lucchino at
the player's Paradise Valley home. On Thursday, Epstein had Thanksgiving
dinner with the Schilling.
Schilling, who came to Arizona in a trade with the Philadelphia
Phillies in July 2000, had a record of 58-28 as a D-Back.
The Red Sox drafted Schilling in 1986. He played two seasons in their