Curt Schilling is old, broken, and kind of a jerk.
But he’s interested in pitching for the Chicago Cubs this year and that makes him all right. More intriguingly, the Cubs reportedly return his interest.
Schilling, 42, didn’t pitch at all last year due to shoulder problems. He’s been dominant when healthy – oh, and like, much younger.
No team is going to sign Schilling to a major league deal, but if he’s willing to accept a minor league contract (which, for him, would essentially just be an extended try out to make the major league club), the Cubs have nothing to lose.
This is likely one of those first-glance-interesting stories that not only doesn’t really have legs, but also wouldn’t be that great if it actually went down anyway.
All the mainstream media types cite Schilling’s excellent career record and even better post-season record in saying that he could help the Cubs.
Well, that’s all well and good. But his ERA is over 4.00 over the last four years – which, again, includes 2008, where he didn’t pitch at all.
Shrug. So again, if he wants to take a minor league deal to try and show he’s better than the 50 other fifth starter types the Cubs have, cool. Go for it. Otherwise, like I said, it’s just an interesting story.