On top of preparing to step into his 20th season in the major leagues next week, the Red Sox pitcher is monitoring his multi-million dollar gaming company, 38 Studios, while also emerging as one of the most expansive baseball bloggers in the Red Sox-following Internet community. (The Wednesday post on his blog, "www.38pitches.com," totaled 5,191 words.)
Then there is the contract.
As the final days of spring training go by the board, Schilling draws closer to his self-imposed deadline to reach an agreement with the Red Sox for an extension past this season. He had made it clear that if his asking price ($13 million for one year) isn't met by Boston, the pitcher will file for free agency at season's end. This is what he has told the Sox.
Again ... this is what he told the Sox. Nobody else but Schilling. And that's the way he likes it.
"At the end of the day, nobody - as much as you like to believe it to be otherwise and as close as you are to your agents - is going to look out for your interests more than you," said Schilling, who has served as his own agent since parting ways with his former representatives at Beverly Hills Sports Council prior to signing a three-year, $32 million deal with Arizona heading into the 2002 season.
"Once I realized that nobody is going to represent me with my exclusive interests 100 percent at heart it became an easy thing to do."
Has saved himself millions
Schilling has now constructed two major contracts since going off on his own, the one with the Diamondbacks and then the three-year deal with Boston. This season was an added year he earned when the Sox won the 2004 World Series. That was a clause he negotiated into the contract.
And now he finds himself back at the table, going solo by choice.
For Schilling, saving the five percent (before taxes) service fee is only part of the perks that come with representing himself. There is also the peace of mind he said comes with taking care of business on his own terms.
"Agents are supposed to represent you in contract negotiations, handle all of your marketing, all of your public relations, and everything you do off the field, all for five percent," he said.
"That number became a challenge for me in '97 because I knew, in the ballpark, where my contract was going to end up, so I had to weigh that five percent. For a $24 million deal, I would be paying them $1.2 million and does their service justify that?