Red Sox get another 24 hours

Updated: November 28, 2003, 4:46 PM ET news services

Curt Schilling and the Red Sox need more time.

Schilling writes letter to fans
Curt Schilling
ESPN confirmed Friday that Curt Schilling wrote a letter posted on the Red Sox official Web site Friday "to squelch any and all of the stupid rumours that have surfaced since this whole ordeal began" and "to let (the fans) know where things stand" in his negotiations with the Red Sox.
  • The complete letter

  • At the request of both, Major League Baseball has granted a 24-hour extension on the deadline for the two sides to reach an agreement.

    A spokeswoman for the Diamondbacks declined to say why the deadline was extended.

    In a prepared statement, Schilling said the Red Sox requested the extension and that the Diamondbacks agreed. "I would rather have finished the negotiations" by the original deadline, he said.

    Schilling was tentatively traded to the Red Sox on Monday, but the deal becomes official only if he waives his no-trade clause with the Diamondbacks. The window the Red Sox have to negotiate an extension with Schilling originally was supposed to end today at 5 p.m. ET. The new deadline is Saturday at the same time.

    In a letter posted on the Red Sox Web site early Friday morning, Schilling states that issues remain that "could preclude a deal getting completed" and he does not know if the negotiations will lead to an agreement.

    Schilling said Monday that he won't leave Arizona without an extension to the contract that will pay him at least $12 million in 2004.

    "I want a chance to win the World Series for the rest of my career. Who doesn't?" Schilling said Monday. "But I'm in a position to kind of control that."

    Should both sides fail to reach an agreement, the Yankees are likely waiting in the wings for a shot at Schilling.

    The Red Sox delegation met with Schilling and his wife, Shonda, in Arizona at the Schilling's home on Wednesday. General manager Theo Epstein had Thanksgiving dinner with the Schilling family, and talks are continuing.

    Much of Wednesday was spent discussing the team. The Red Sox were also planning to give Schilling the hard sell on moving to Boston; the former Philadelphia Phillies ace has expressed a desire to get back to the more intense, East Coast style of baseball, but he has also spoken fondly of his time in Arizona.

    "I'm not going to lean one way or the other. It's neither good nor bad. We're working on things to see if it's possible this can work out," Schilling told the East Valley (Ariz.) Tribune. "The Red Sox understand my (issues) and I understand theirs, and that's what we're discussing."

    The Diamondbacks are attempting to trim their payroll from about $94 million to about $80 million.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.