Curt Schilling Discusses Pedroia, Bay on D&C
Curt Schilling checked in with the Dennis & Callahan Show on Thursday morning to discuss Tiger Woods, global warming, Jason Bay’s free-agent foray and the idea of moving Dustin Pedroia — a Gold Glove second baseman — to shortstop. To listen to the interview, click here. Highlights are below:
If you’re still pitching, do you want Pedroia at shortstop or second base?
I don’t care. The one thing you know about Pedey is Pedey’s going to catch the ball. And if I’m going to give up a little bit of range at shortstop, which I might do, and I’m not saying I would, because I know Pedey’s on a program this winter to drop a lot of weight and create some more range, more flexibility, and all things that go with that – the guy could probably be a Gold Glove shortstop. I mean, he’s that good.
Can he create arm strength to make the throw?
Listen, David Eckstein played short for what, 10 years, and David Eckstein and Shonda could throw somewhat similar. And I loved him. It’s about making accurate throws probably as much if not more than making strong throws. And Dustin could play shortstop in the big leagues. I would argue he’d be up in the top four or five of all the defensive veterans at the end of the year.
How about adding Orlando Hudson to the mix, another gold glove at second base?
I love Orlando Hudson. And if you check out why I love him, just check out his numbers, I don’t know if I ever got them out, but the guy can play. He’s a game changing defensive player too.
Were you surprised that they let Alex Gonzalez walk? You loved him too.
Yeah, I don’t know if they let him walk. I don’t think they were expecting him to sign that quickly. I think that if you had assessed everything coming out of Toronto’s situation, you would have known they weren’t going to sign him. And I don’t that they expected them to address that problem first and foremost with everything else going on and them signing Alex that quickly I think kind of caught everybody off guard.
This requires speculation, not knowledge. Is Jason Bay the kind of guy that chases every last nickel?
No, I don’t think so. I think he gets paid, I don’t think he takes a 20% home-team discount, I think the extra year matters. And I don’t think it’s going to be chasing that extra nickel as much as it’s going to be getting that extra year. And I don’t think Boston will be on the table.