Schilling craves Philly return

Updated: November 13, 2003, 8:14 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Anybody can say they are going to follow a sound economic model by sticking with mid-level free agents and not over-committing too much money to a handful of players. The trouble is, a team then has to sign the right mid-level free agents. Over the last few years, the Orioles have not. Can they get out on the right track this time around wonders Thom Loverro of the Washington Times.

  • Curt Schilling still follows the Phillies -- his old team -- very closely, so he was excited for them when they landed flamethrowing closer Billy Wagner. He was happy for them until he realized something about that deal, writes Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

  • Trade Nick Johnson? That's what rumor has the Yankees doing -- usually in exchange for a front-line pitcher like Schilling or Javier Vasquez. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post thinks this would be folly for the Yankees. Kernan points out that owner George Steinbrenner is the man behind this terrible idea.
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