After meeting with two top Boston Red Sox officials Wednesday at his Paradise Valley home, Curt Schilling said he will decide by Friday whether to approve a trade from the Diamondbacks to the Sox.
Red Sox team president and CEO Larry Lucchino and general manager Theo Epstein spent time with Schilling, who has said he wants a contract extension and to make the right move for his family as a condition of OKing any trade.
“I don't know where we're at in the discussions,” Schilling said. “I'm not going to lean one way or the other. It's neither good nor bad. We're working on things to see if it's possible this can work out.”
Contacted about 10 p.m. Wednesday, after two meetings that lasted “four or five hours” total, Schilling said the sides might talk again into the night.
“There were two sessions at his home,” Lucchino said in a statement released by the team. “We made a proposal and now the process will continue.”
Schilling said that “out of respect for the amount of work they put into this” he wants to make a decision by Friday afternoon, when the Red Sox's window for talking to Schilling closes (but which is not necessarily a deadline for Schilling).
Asked where negotiations on an extension stood, Schilling said, “We're discussing it.”
He declined to get specific on other matters that came up.
“The Red Sox understand my (issues) and I understand theirs,” he said, “and that's what we're discussing.”
Schilling must waive his no-trade clause to complete a deal that would send pitchers Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon and Jorge De La Rosa and outfielder Michael Goss to Arizona.
The Diamondbacks are willing to trade Schilling, who has gone 58-28 with a 3.14 ERA in 3 1/2 seasons with the team, because they want to cut enough payroll to trade for a power hitter such as Milwaukee's Richie Sexson.