Originally created 11/25/03

Red Sox pursue Schilling



PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Curt Schilling is headed to the Boston Red Sox - if he waives his no-trade clause with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The five-time All-Star announced the tentative trade Monday to reporters outside his house as his children and dogs played in the yard. During the impromptu news conference, teammate Randy Johnson drove by in a pickup truck and yelled to reporters playfully, "You're blocking the street!"

Schilling is scheduled to make $12 million next season with the chance to earn almost $2 million more in performance bonuses, but he wants an extension before agreeing to a trade.

"I won't leave here without an extension," Schilling said. "I'm reading that I'm demanding three years. I've never demanded anything from anybody, but I will get a contract extension before I leave Arizona."

Schilling said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and president Larry Lucchino were coming to Phoenix to meet with him. The Red Sox asked the commissioner's office for permission to discuss a contract extension with Schilling, the 37-year-old right-hander said, a window that expires at 5 p.m. Friday.

Officials with both teams refused to talk of the deal.

BRAVES: The Atlanta Braves claimed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. off waivers Monday from the San Diego Padres.

Matthews, whose father played for the Braves from 1977-80, hit .271 with four home runs, 22 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 103 games for San Diego. The Padres claimed him off waivers May 23 from Baltimore, where he hit .204 with two homers and 20 RBI in 41 games.

Matthews, 29, was a 13th-round selection of the Padres in 1993. He also has played for the Cubs, Pirates and Mets. Over five major league seasons, Matthews has averaged .241 and hit 31 home runs and 145 RBIs in 510 games.

DIAMONDBACKS: Jesse Orosco, at 46 the oldest player in the major leagues, agreed Monday to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The left-hander would get an $800,000 salary if he is added to the major league roster and would have the chance to earn an additional $200,000 in performance bonuses.

Orosco, was 2-2 with two saves and a 7.68 ERA in 65 games last season with San Diego, the New York Yankees and Minnesota. He turns 47 on April 21.

"He got the three things he wanted," said Orosco's agent, Alan Meersand. "He's on a contender. He's close to home in San Diego and he got No. 47. When you've done what he's done in the game, it comes down to getting his uniform number."

Orosco has set major league records with 1,252 games pitched and 1,248 relief appearances over 24 seasons.

ANGELS: In search of a starting pitcher during the offseason, the Anaheim Angels targeted right-hander Kelvim Escobar.

It didn't take long for them to get their man.

Escobar, who went back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen with the Toronto Blue Jays for the past seven seasons, agreed Monday to an $18.75 million, three-year contract with the Angels.

"To sign someone like Kelvim is very rewarding," Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said. "A guy with the lightning he's got, it's really going to help. He's going to be out there starting every fifth day and should be pitching deep into games."

The 27-year-old Escobar was 13-9 with a 4.29 ERA and four saves in 26 starts and 15 relief appearances for the Blue Jays last season, working a career-high 180 1-3 innings.