Schilling considering more than 2 teams

Updated: November 14, 2003, 11:46 AM ET
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PHOENIX -- Arizona ace Curt Schilling confirmed to The Associated Press that he had agreed to the Diamondbacks' request that he speak to the New York Yankees about a possible trade.

Curt Schilling
Schilling

Schilling said that while he also has indicated a willingness to speak to his former team, the Philadelphia Phillies, that did not mean those were the only two teams he would consider.

"They were just the only places that have been mentioned," Schilling said. "Don't take it for anything more than that."

The five-time All-Star has not agreed to waive his no-trade clause, according to The East Valley Tribune, but if the Yankees work out a trade for him, he would allow them to try to get him to approve the deal.

Schilling will earn $12 million, plus $2 million in relatively reachable incentives, in the final year of his contract next season and has a no-trade clause.

He is not insisting on a trade, though, and said it is fine with him if he goes one final season alongside Randy Johnson in Arizona.

"I wish they could re-sign me so I could end my career here," Schilling said, "but they've indicated they aren't going to be able to do that."

Phillies general manager Ed Wade would not say whether his team would be interested in Schilling, or whether it could afford the 37-year-old right-hander.

"Every team has financial constrictions but we do have some flexibility," Wade said.

Melvin said he has narrowed potential deals to a short list of teams. He spoke at length with Diamondbacks general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. again on Thursday.

"It was more exploration of different combinations of things," Garagiola said.

In 3½ seasons with Arizona, Schilling has gone 58-28 with a 3.14 ERA. He was runner-up to teammate Randy Johnson in the 2001 and 2002 Cy Young Award voting.

Last season Schilling was 8-9 with a 2.95 ERA, but he missed six weeks with a broken hand and two weeks due to an appendectomy.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.