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Deal to Red Sox is up to Schilling

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Published November 25, 2003

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Curt Schilling is headed to the Red Sox, if he waives his no-trade clause with the Diamondbacks.

The five-time All-Star announced the tentative trade in an impromptu news conference Monday outside his house.

Schilling, who is scheduled to make $12-million next season, wants an extension before agreeing to a trade.

"I won't leave here without an extension," the right-hander said. "I'm reading that I'm demanding three years. I've never demanded anything from anybody, but I will get a contract extension before I leave Arizona."

Boston would give up left-hander Casey Fossum, right-hander Brandon Lyon and two minor-leaguers, left-hander Jorge De La Rosa and outfielder Michael Goss.

Officials with both teams refused to talk of the deal.

Meanwhile, Arizona signed left-hander Jesse Orosco, at 46 the oldest player in the majors.

Rays and three agree

ST. PETERSBURG - The Devil Rays agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with right-handed pitcher Dicky Gonzalez, catcher/infielder Edwards Guzman and infielder Jason Maxwell. All will be invited to spring training.

Gonzalez, 24, pitched at Boston's Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate last season, going 8-8 with a 4.04 ERA in 27 games (25 starts). He made seven starts and 16 appearances with the Mets in 2001, going 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA. He leads the Puerto Rican Winter League in ERA (0.72), innings (25) and strikeouts (29).

Guzman, 27, hit .352 last season for Edmonton, the Expos' Triple-A affiliate, with three homers and 27 RBIs. He appeared in 75 games with the Giants over parts of the 1999 and 2001 seasons. He is batting .319 in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Maxwell, 31, played all of last season with Louisville, the Reds' top affiliate, batting .260 with eight homers and 46 RBIs. He has appeared in 110 major-league games with the Cubs and Twins, including the entire 2000 season with Minnesota when hit .243 in 64 games. He can play second base, shortstop and third base. He is hitting .309 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 23 games in the Mexican Winter League.

RAYS ADD TO FRONT OFFICE: The Rays appointed David J. Auker to the new position of senior vice president of business operations. Auker will oversee customer relations, ticket sales, marketing partnerships, public relations and community relations. This is Auker's second stint with the Rays. From 1996 to '98, Auker was vice president of sales and marketing. He left the Rays in August 1998 to become senior vice president of business development for Palace Sports & Entertainment, which owns, among other franchises, the Lightning.

STEROIDS LINKED TO TRAINER: Federal investigators seized suspected anabolic steroids in a Sept. 5 raid on the home of the personal trainer to six-time NL MVP Barry Bonds of the Giants, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Investigators who searched the Burlingame, Calif., condominium of Greg Anderson, who supervises Bonds' weightlifting program, also found information they suspect detailed the use of performance-enhancing drugs by some athletes, according to the Chronicle.

A-ROD TRADE TALK: The agent for shortstop Alex Rodriguez said the Rangers could trade the AL MVP, but not until this winter. "We're way ahead of schedule as to whether teams are going to get serious at looking at Alex Rodriguez," Scott Boras told the New York Times.

ANGELS: Right-hander Kelvim Escobar agreed to an $18.75-million, three-year contract.

OBITUARY: Cowan F. "Bubba" Hyde, a Negro Leagues star who put family ahead of a chance to play in the major leagues, died Thursday in St. Louis after a brief illness. He was 95.

- Times staff writer Tom Jones contributed to this report.

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