Schilling tops list filing for free agency

Schilling tops list filing for free agency

Six-time All-Star Curt Schilling of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox headlined the list of 43 players who filed for free agency on Tuesday.

Schilling was one of four Red Sox to file on the second day of the free agency period, joining right-hander Matt Clement, first baseman/outfielder Eric Hinske and outfielder Bobby Kielty. To date 100 players have filed for free agency.

Schilling, who turns 41 on Nov. 14, went 9-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 24 starts during the regular season and 3-0 with a 3.00 in four postseason starts, including a victory over Colorado in the World Series.

A 20-year veteran with 216 career victories, Schilling spent the last four years with Boston and was instrumental in the Red Sox winning a pair of World Series titles during that span. He was paid $13 million last season, the final year of the $50.5 million contract the right-hander signed before the 2004 season.

Though not the power pitcher he was 10 years ago, when he led the National League in strikeouts in consecutive seasons (1997-98) for Philadelphia, Schilling has remained effective as a pinpoint pitcher and one that would draw significant interest in what is expected to be a thin market for proven starting pitchers.

Schilling said during Spring Training, before coming down with a right shoulder injury that robbed him both of velocity and six weeks of his season, that he'd be looking for roughly the same base salary as when he first came to Boston.

That of course, is not the only factor and won't be the deciding one, according to Schilling.

"I don't know, it won't be money," he said. "It will not be money."

Also filing on Tuesday were veteran first baseman Tony Clark, who helped the Diamondbacks win the National League West and advance to the National League Championship Series and relievers Antonio Alfonseca and J.C. Romero, who helped the Phillies win the NL East title.

Other filings of note included Chicago Cubs catcher Jason Kendall; Chicago White Sox outfielder Darin Erstad; Cleveland outfielder Kenny Lofton; Colorado right-hander Elmer Dessens; Florida third baseman Aaron Boone; Houston right-hander Jason Jennings; Kansas City designated hitter Mike Sweeney; Milwaukee outfielder Geoff Jenkins; New York Mets right-hander Aaron Sele; Oakland catcher/designated hitter Mike Piazza; Pittsburgh right-hander Shawn Chacon; San Diego right-hander Doug Brocail and infielder Geoff Blum; San Francisco pitcher Russ Ortiz and Texas outfielder Sammy Sosa.

Free agent catcher Brad Ausmus re-signed with Houston for a one-year deal worth $2 million.

The Astros also contacted the agents for free agent center fielders Torii Hunter and Aaron Rowand. The Astros cannot negotiate with either free agent before Nov. 12, but have expressed interest in both players.

Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.