Curt Schilling may be on the comeback trail.
Schilling, who hasn’t pitched in the Majors since Game 2 of the 2007 World Series, hinted as much with this ambiguous tweet earlier today:
“Working out again…..not sure I can add anything to that other than I feel it in every fiber of my being, every step I take….”
Schilling is well-known for tooting his own horn and is a shameless self-promoter, so it is entirely possible that the six-time All-Star is merely trying to get his name in the news during a relatively quiet period in baseball’s offseason.
Schilling, 43, has 216 career wins and is one of the most dominant postseason pitchers of all-time. He is also renowned for having one of the biggest egos in the game and may still believe he can still pitch at an elite level after two years away from the game.
If Schilling were looking to make a comeback it is entirely possible he could find a team to agree to an arrangement similar to the one Pedro Martinez, Paul Byrd, and Roger Clemens have used in the past.
That being, Schilling would sign with a club early in the season, make a few minor league starts, and join the big league club after the All-Star break.
In doing so, Schilling would conceivably be rested and healthy enough to be a reliable starter down the stretch and into the postseason.
Teams may be wary to sign Schilling after he pulled a bait-and-switch of sorts on the Red Sox back in 2008.
After the 2007 season, Schilling signed a one-year, $8 million deal loaded with incentives. Mere months after signing the pact Schilling and his doctor were pushing for season-ending shoulder surgery.
There was a brief tug-of-war between Schilling and the Sox that eventually involved the player’s union. In the end, Schilling never pitched and the Sox paid him $8 million for nothing.
If—and it’s a big if—Schilling is contemplating retirement there are a number of teams that would undoubtedly be interested in his services.
The New York Mets jump to mind immediately as the club is in dire need of another proven starter.
The never-ending arms race between the Red Sox and Yankees could easily draw Schilling into a playoff race as well.
Whether any of this amounts to more than blatant self-promotion remains to be seen.
If nothing else, Schilling has proven he can still get baseball fans talking.