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Report: Red Sox near deal for Schilling

Sexson could go to Arizona as part of potential three-team blockbuster

Posted: Monday November 24, 2003 4:24PM; Updated: Monday November 24, 2003 4:24PM
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ATLANTA (SI.com) -- Curt Schilling could go from being part of a 1-2 punch with Randy Johnson to a 1-2 punch with Pedro Martinez.

WFAN radio in New York reports the Boston Red Sox have a deal in place to acquire the star right-hander from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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ESPN reports it could end up being a three-team deal with Milwaukee also involved. Left-hander Casey Fossum and prospects would go from Boston to the Brewers, with All-Star first baseman Richie Sexson being shipped to Arizona.

WFAN says Schilling, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, has 72 hours to accept or reject the deal. It's believed Schilling wants an extension of his current contract, which expires at the end of the 2004 season.

The 37-year-old Schilling earlier said he'd be willing to accept a trade to two teams, the New York Yankees or Philadelphia Phillies.

Schilling's salary is for $12 million next year with incentives that can bring it to $14 million. This season, Schilling went 8-9 with a 2.95 ERA over 24 starts, missing six weeks with a broken hand and two weeks because of an appendectomy.

Since coming to Arizona in the middle of the 2000 season, Schilling has compiled a 58-28 record with a 3.14 ERA. He was runner-up to teammate Randy Johnson in the 2001 and 2002 Cy Young Award voting. Schilling has a 163-117 record with a 3.33 ERA in 450 career games.

This would mark a return to the American League for Schilling, who began his career with the Baltimore Orioles from 1988-90. He spent one year in Houston and followed that with 8 1/2 seasons with the Phillies.

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