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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Sports Saturday to talk baseball in advance of the Red Sox’ doubleheader with the A’s.
The Cubs have an opening at general manager, and there has been speculation that Red Sox GM Theo Epstein could have interest. Schilling said it’s a definite possibility.
“That wouldn’t surprise me. It really wouldn’t surprise me,” he said. “I think the challenge, though, is that Red Sox baseball is part of his blood and his DNA. But if you’re looking at the only challenge left for him in the game, that would be it. I think there’s a lot of ifs there, I don’t know.”
On spending big money on a closer:
“I don’t know, short of [Mariano] Rivera, maybe Joe Nathan for a stretch, has any closer ever been worth it? It was a fantastic conversation we had a week or two ago, we were talking about the [Albert] Pujols deal and what he might end up getting. If you can go back in baseball history and take players in free agency, can you name one player in the last 10 years that you can hand pick that was worth an eight-year contract? Has there ever been one? Look at closers over the last 10 years and you throw out a four- or five-year deal for a closer. How many closers have actually been worth it?”