I broached the subject of Curt Schilling yesterday (foreshadowing...) and now today you have a vote on whether or not Curt Schilling would be a good fit for the Phillies for next year. Here are some key Schil points.
1. Cost - I looked around the 'net and found estimates on Schilling's asking price for next year at around $13-16 million. [He made $13 million in '07.] Combine that with other estimates that put the off-season spending budget at $20 million, and it doesn't leave much. Specifically, there wouldn't be enough to go after Mike Lowell unless 1)they went over budget (typical Phils fashion, right?) or 2)trade a high dollar player (Burrell) to make some room.
2. Age/Experience - Although he is younger than Jamie Moyer, Schil is still old. Of course, we would be looking at a one year deal, so even if he falls apart like a Chevy Corvair, they wouldn't be stuck for a long term deal. Also, his post-season experience could be very helpful if the Phils get there next season.
3. Ability - If he does stay healthy, even at 40+ years of age, he's still a good pitcher. In '07 he threw 150 innings, had an ERA less than 4, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 4:1 K:BB ratio.
4. Chemistry - This is probably the most talked about aspect of Schilling's return. However, it is also the aspect that is hardest to predict. Granted, Schilling is a jackass who talks way too much, way too often, about topics he should probably avoid. And if you have ever read Beard, Bellies and Biceps, you know Curt was not the most popular guy on the team. And since "team chemistry" was seemingly so important last year, there are some that would argue that bringing Schilling in to possibly mess with that would be a risk too severe to justify his fine pitching.