Schilling to pitch in '08


Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox star Curt Schilling said Monday he will not retire at the end of the 2007 season as previously indicated and plans to pitch in 2008.

The 40-year-old's contract with the Red Sox ends after the 2007 season, but he said he was in discussions for an extension. If he can't work out a deal in Boston, he will pitch for another team — but not the New York Yankees.

"I'm in discussions with the Red Sox, we had talked last week and there's a lot going on obviously right now, but where I'm going to play beyond 2007 ... I hope it's Boston," he said. "This is where I want to play and in the days leading up to spring training we'll figure it out one way or the other. "

Schilling was 15-7 with a 3.97 ERA last season, striking out 183 and walking 28 in 204 innings.

GIANTS

Barry Bonds and San Francisco completed a $15.8 million, one-year contract after the slugger spent hours at the ballpark being examined by team doctors.

A baseball official confirmed the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the club had not yet announced it.

The contract was finalized nearly two months after the sides reached agreement on financial terms Dec. 7. Bonds had to pass a physical, and the parties had to work out complicated language regarding Bonds' behavior and what would happen if the slugger were to be indicted.

A federal grand jury is investigating whether Bonds perjured himself when he testified in 2003 in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroid distribution case that he hadn't knowingly taken any performance-enhancing drugs.

Bonds waved, yelled "hello, hello" and smiled as he left the stadium Monday and drove away, with agent Jeff Borris in the passenger seat. Borris did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press.

The 42-year-old Bonds begins the 2007 season with 734 home runs, 22 from breaking Hank Aaron's career record of 755.

ROCKIES

Todd Helton won't be going to the Boston Red Sox.

The Rockies announced that trade talks with the Red Sox about a possible deal that would have sent Helton to Boston have ended and "there will be no further discussions."

"This is not a trade that we were anxious to complete, but we are always exploring ways to improve our team," Rockies owner Charlie Monfort said in a statement. "Discussions like these regarding a player of Todd's talent and character are never easy, and it's not surprising we were not able to reach an agreement."

ASTROS

Roger Clemens was on the mound in Astros gear, still undecided about whether he'll pitch for Houston or any other major league team this season.

The 44-year-old right-hander threw almost an hour of batting practice, including almost 200 pitches, during the club's pitching and hitting camp at Minute Maid Park. He mostly faced minor leaguers, including his son Koby.

Clemens is a free agent. He was 7-6 with a 2.30 ERA in 19 starts during a shortened season for the Astros last year after sitting out until June.

RANGERS

Sammy Sosa and the Rangers wrapped up weeks of negotiations and agreed to a minor league contract.

OBITUARY

Art Fowler, who pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1959 championship team and became a pitching coach for five major league clubs passed away. Fowler, as pitching coach, won World Series rings with the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978. He was 84 and is survived by his wife and three children.

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