Sometimes an idea comes along that makes so much sense that we have trouble grappling with our reactions, even when we know that it's in our best interest.
Yet another example of missing the forest for the trees came along this weekend with news that Curt Schilling has some interest in becoming a Cub. Or a Ray. Or really anyone else likely in either a large market or with a few extra million lying around.
According to Curt, he has little concern about the money and is instead, interested in joining a championship contender who has never won a title. I'll try not to remind David Whitley too loudly that the Cubs have actually, you know, won a championship.
"The challenge would be in a place like Tampa Bay or Chicago," Schilling said.
Steve Phillips goes on to report today that Curt is wildly out of shape and would likely require months to prepare, which is exactly the part that makes my ears perk up.
I would never expect Curt Schilling, at 42, to be a front-of-the-rotation starter again, let alone make 30-35 starts. It's not going to happen, especially with someone recovering from shoulder surgery.
But I do think that a healthy Schilling could produce 15-20 starts this season—still providing above-average performance and with good upside.
Given the time period required for him to stretch out his innings and ready himself for what would be left of the season, a likely target date for his first start would be sometime in early June.
See, to me it comes down to the question of whether you'd prefer to have Curt Schilling making 15 starts for you down the stretch, or some combination of Samardzija/Marshall/Gaudin.