Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling on D&C: Eduardo Rodriguez is future Game 1 playoff starter

July 01, 2015 - 6:10 am

ESPN analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to talk about Eduardo Rodriguez, Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox. To listen to the audio of the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

As the Red Sox, particularly the team's starting pitchers, have struggled this season, many fans have looked to the minor leagues and eyed the various pitching prospects the organization owns, including Brian Johnson and Henry Owens.

Schilling has been impressed with the young arms in the team's farm system.

"I look at this organization from a pitching perspective like you can kind of look at the Cubs from a player perspective," Schilling said. "I think they're stacked. A lot of power arms. ... I love the arms, I really do think that they've got a ton of development happening and this is just an unfortunate year."

Rodriguez has made the leap from a prospect to a major league starter and Schilling has been very impressed with what he's seen.

"Eddie, clearly, is ready," he said. "He had a bad outing, he was tipping his pitches, he made adjustments, he fixed it. This is your one. When you get back to the postseason, this is the guy you're going to hand the ball to game one."

Rodriguez did struggle with tipping his pitches in a June 25 game against Baltimore, but the team was able to diagnose the problem and fix it in advance of his Tuesday start in Toronto.

"When you see the swings you saw two starts ago for a guy that throws the way he throws, that's when you know," Schilling said. "When guys are comfortably in the box and hacking from their heels against a guy who throws that well, generally somebody has something."

Schilling sees holes in the Red Sox as currently constitute and doesn't think this roster is good enough to contend. That opinion dates back to the team's signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, of which Schilling was not enamored partly, because they didn't fill the team's pitching needs.

"I don't know that this is the club to hoist a pennant, they still have some pieces missing. ... I was kind of a pariah at the winter meetings because I wasn't a fan of either signing," Schilling said. "It's a staff full of maybe three's, and one one, and the one is the youngest guy on the staff [Rodriguez]."

Along with a recent improvement in production on the mound, Buchholz has become the topic in a few trade speculations. Some have suggested the Red Sox should trade the right-hander while his value is high. Schilling said that he would trade Buchholz if the return were a "Eduardo Rodriguez-type," but didn't think the actual return of any potential trade would be so worthwhile.

"If I could get myself a big-league-caliber talent and a top-tier prospect, that's something to look at," Schilling said. "It depends on what are the needs of this roster. You're trading [Buchholz] to get a guy that the guy you're trading is supposed to be. Not a lot of teams are going to do that. You're not going to get somebody to give you a one back for a guy that you're selling as a one."

Buchholz has team options on his contract for $13 million in 2016 and $13.5 million in 2017. While that is a great value by today's standards, Schilling doesn't think that impacts Buchholz' trade value.

"It's ridiculously priced if you look at the market. The game is flushed with cash. People aren't making a lot of deals based on clearing payroll," Schilling said. "If you can trade a salary, great, there's a lot more teams that can take on salary."