BOSTON - Although his first choice remains Boston, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said on his blog that he would consider a dozen other teams for a 'last year' based on quality of life and a chance to make it back to the playoffs.
Schilling previously said he would only rule out the rival New York Yankees. On Tuesday evening, he posted on his blog, 38pitches.com, the following list: 'Cleveland, Detroit, Anaheim, New York Mets, Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A., S.D., Arizona, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis, Milwaukee.'
Only the Red Sox can sign the right-hander, who turns 41 this month, until Nov. 13; other teams can express an interest but not negotiate over money.
Boras: Yankees Should Negotiate With A-Rod
Scott Boras says the Yankees still could negotiate with Alex Rodriguez if they wanted to.
Boras maintained that the Yankees should treat A-Rod the same way they deal with reliever Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada, who also are free agents.
'Why is it that Alex is the only Yankee who can't become a free agent?' Boras said Wednesday. 'That question was not answered, and we think it's a question that's going to be asked for years to come.'
The Yankees had repeatedly said that they wouldn't negotiate with Rodriguez if he opted out because they would lose the subsidy the Texas Rangers agreed to as part of the 2004 trade that sent A-Rod to New York. Rodriguez terminated his contract on Sunday.
'We were very sincere and honest and direct with Scott Boras. ... It's a lot of money - to any franchise, even the New York Yankees,' General Manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. 'It was just a representation of simple economics: $30 million is nothing to sneeze at.'
Only Woman Umpire In Pros Is Released
Ria Cortesio, pro baseball's only female umpire, was released by the minor leagues this week. Earlier this season, she became the first woman in nearly 20 years to call a major-league exhibition game.
Cortesio spent nine years in the minors, the last five in the Double-A Southern League.
Another Red Sox Series Ball Goes Missing
The last ball from Boston's 2007 World Series victory might not get back to the Red Sox, after all.
Jason Varitek caught the final strikeout Sunday night to complete a four-game sweep of Colorado, then tucked the ball in his back pocket as he ran to the mound to celebrate. Varitek said he gave it to closer Jonathan Papelbon.
'I already gave it to Pap,' Varitek said. 'It's out of my hands.' Papelbon does not know where the ball is, said his agent, Sam Levinson.
Ownership of the last ball became an issue in 2004, when the Red Sox swept St. Louis in the World Series. Doug Mientkiewicz, the first baseman who caught the final out, kept the ball. Eventually a settlement was reached. Mientkiewicz loaned the ball to the Red Sox for a year and then donated it to the Hall of Fame.
CARDINALS: Hired John Mozeliak, 38, as their new GM.
METS: Exercised their $7.5 million option on Moises Alou and re-signed Damian Easley.
PADRES: Gold Glove center fielder Mike Cameron was suspended for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive a second time for a banned stimulant. Cameron, who plans to file for free agency, said he believes he took a tainted supplement. 'The one thing I wanted to make sure was explained is, no steroids,' Cameron told a radio program.
ROCKIES: Picked up pitcher Aaron Cook's option and declined their option on reliever LaTroy Hawkins. They'll also bring back Manager Clint Hurdle's entire coaching staff.
REDS: Picked up contract options on outfielder Adam Dunn, first baseman Scott Hatteberg and catcher Javier Valentin. They declined a 2008 option for reliever Eddie Guardado.
WHITE SOX: Declined club options for 2008 on Darin Erstad and left-hander Mike Myers.