|Schilling stays with Red Sox, Maddux with Padres; Pettitte needs time to decide|
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|Tuesday, 06 November 2007 06:39|
Schilling and the Boston Red Sox reached a preliminary agreement on an $8 million, one-year contract that will allow the star right-hander to return next season to the World Series champions.
The agreement provides for him to make an additional $5 million in bonuses and match his 2007 salary. The deal is subject to him passing a physical, contains $3 million in performance bonuses based on innings pitched and $2 million based on weight clauses, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet made an announcement.
His agreement was first reported by ESPN.com.
``Talks with the Red Sox are moving,'' Schilling said in a posting on his Web site early Tuesday. ``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 one-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 unforeseen or outrageously odd happening, I feel very comfortable that I will finish my career here.''
Maddux stayed with the San Diego Padres, agreeing to a $10 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with those talks said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the deal.
There was little doubt Maddux would return to the Padres. He went 14-11 with a 4.14 ERA this year for San Diego, which fell one win short of its third straight playoff appearance.
Maddux, a 347-game winner who turns 42 on April 14, had a player option for $8.75 million. Had he pitched 200 innings - he finished with 198 - the option price would have increased to $10 million. In addition, San Diego had a club option for $11 million.
The new deal contains award bonuses, a no-trade clause and a suite on road trips, a person familiar with the contract said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Padres had not yet announced the agreement.
Andy Pettitte told the Yankees he was declining his $16 million option for next season because he still was uncertain whether he wanted to pitch again or retire. The 35-year-old left-hander had until Wednesday to decide on the option.
``If Andy decides to play, I am confident we can reach an agreement with the Yankees within 24 hours,'' Pettitte's agent, Randy Hendricks, said in an e-mail. ``The only options, as Andy has stated, are the Yankees or retirement. He appreciates the Yankees' willingness to give him the time he feels he needs. I do not expect him to make a decision for quite some time.''
Pettitte went 15-9 with a 4.05 ERA for the Yankees this year, including 11-3 after the All-Star break. He was their most effective starter in the postseason, pitching 6 1-3 scoreless innings in Game 2 of New York's first-round loss to Cleveland.
``Obviously, we want Andy to stay with the Yanks and pitch for us in '08. In fact, I'd say I need him to,'' general manager Brian Cashman said. ``He's an important piece for us. ... We're hopeful that at some point that the marriage of the Pettittes and the Yankees can continue.''
Schilling and the Boston Red Sox were making progress toward a contract that would allow him to remain with the World Series champions, a person familiar with those discussions said, speaking on condition of anonymity because a deal had not yet been struck. The progress in the negotiations was first reported by the Boston Herald on its Web site.
Schilling, who turns 41 on Nov. 14, was 9-8 during the regular season, then went 3-0 in four starts during the playoffs to improve his postseason record to 11-2.
GMs were to discuss instant replay on Tuesday, and they could for the first time recommend that it be used for boundary calls - such as whether home runs are fair or foul and whether balls go over fences or hit at the top. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig opposes the use of replays, and it's unclear how the proposal would proceed if it received a recommendation from GMs.
AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report.