Tug of War – Curt Schilling and the Red Sox
Curt Schilling wants to have surgery on his injured right shoulder. Boston believes that his shoulder doesn’t need surgery, and that rehabilitation is the best option for Schilling to pitch for the Red Sox this year. What weighs in the balance? Besides his availability for the Red Sox this year is the $8 million contract he signed. Basically, if Schilling opted for surgery the Red Sox could void his contract because of the collective bargaining agreement. However, I don’t understand how either the Red Sox or Curt Schilling wouldn’t have an insurance policy in case of injury. In the NBA, for example, if a guy doesn’t play the insurance company foots 80% of the guys salary. I can’t imagine there isn’t something similar in baseball. I know there is. I remember the flap over Jeff Bagwell in Houston. If Boston expected Schilling to pitch with the club beyond this year, I would guess they’d have him go under the knife. Schilling’s camp knows that the easiest and most reliable road to recovery is probably having the surgery. Once he heals they can decide on his future. They just don’t want to pass on the payday. He had a physical before he signed the contract, so I’m kind of with Schilling on this. Have the surgery and hope to get back in time to put on the postseason roster.
So what does this mean to fantasy owners? It means you can move Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz up in your rankings. With Schilling out of the rotation, Tim Wakefield will likely man the 3rd spot in the rotation with Lester and Buchholz battling for the 4th and 5th spots. The timing could have been better for Twins fans. Had they known about this injury sooner, perhaps they would have been more willing to get the two-time Cy Young winner on board. I’m sure this will continue to be an issue as Spring Training approaches. My guess is that he’ll try the rehabilitate it and eventually get the surgery he needed anyway. That’s why I think the Red Sox should just bite the bullet and let him get his shoulder fixed. This isn’t the way I’d like to see the Red Sox title defense kick off, but you know when the re-signed Schilling that drama would follow. At least he’s not in Congress trying to clear his name. Whatever they decide, I’m am thankful of the contributions he made to Reverse the Curse.