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Curt Schilling running for Congress? Donald Trump endorses ex-Red Sox pitcher

Curt Schilling running for Congress? Donald Trump endorses ex-Red Sox pitcher

Political pundits on television, especially Fox News, have often shaped what President Donald Trump focuses on and tweets about. Tuesday morning was no different, as Trump cited one of his favorite shows, "Fox and Friends," to encourage a political figure to run for Congress in Arizona. 

That potential candidate? Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. 

Trump's tweet comes a day after Schilling, a Republican, told the Arizona Republic that he is "absolutely considering" running against one of the state's five Democrats. In a profanity-laced email to the Republic, Schilling expressed concern that the state is prioritizing illegal immigrants above Arizonians: 

"The state is not the state I grew up in," Schilling wrote. "Making Arizona citizens of EVERY Race, religion and sexual orientation 2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants is about as anti-American as it gets. When you have homeless veterans, children, and you're spending tax dollars on people smuggling drugs and children across our border someone in charge needs their ass kicked."

Schilling, who won two World Series with the Red Sox from 2004 to 2007, has always been heavily involved in politics. He campaigned for George W. Bush in 2004 and floated the possibility of running for Senate in 2008.

In 2018, he announced he'd pose a challenge to Elizabeth Warren's Senate seat in Massachusetts, but quickly dropped out. As a podcast host for the alt-right Breitbart News, Schilling has run into controversy and often gets into Twitter spats on controversial social issues. 

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MLB Rumors: 5 possible trade suitors for Red Sox LHP David Price

MLB Rumors: 5 possible trade suitors for Red Sox LHP David Price

The Boston Red Sox have made their offseason mission clear: shed payroll to go under the luxury tax threshold while maintaining a competitive ballclub for 2020.

One way to do that would be to part ways with left-hander David Price and the $96 million remaining on his contract. Rumors have swirled during the Winter Meetings about Boston looking for a trade partner willing to take on Price's hefty price tag, and reports say multiple teams are in the running for a potential blockbuster deal.

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Here's a look at five possible destinations for the 34-year-old:

1. San Diego Padres

The Padres' primary need is a starter to pair with up-and-comer Chris Paddack at the front of the rotation, so it's no secret they're one of the teams reportedly in on Price.

San Diego is looking to part ways with 1B/OF Wil Myers (owed $68.5 million), so the swap would work out in Boston's favor financially and end its search for a first baseman. There also are plenty of prospects in the Padres system to sweeten any potential deal.

2. St. Louis Cardinals

Another team rumored to be in on the Price sweepstakes is the Cardinals, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com.

St. Louis was one of the teams looking to sign the southpaw before he agreed to his seven-year, $217 million deal with Boston. The Cards could use a veteran arm to put at the front of the rotation alongside young guns Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson.

One roadblock here is it may cost the Red Sox an additional piece (say, Andrew Benintendi) to convince St. Louis to take on Price's salary.

3. Los Angeles Angels

The Angels are desperately searching for an front-end starter and just lost out on the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes to the New York Yankees. With the top dogs Cole and Stephen Strasburg off the free-agent board, Anaheim could pivot to the trade market.

4. Texas Rangers

The Red Sox reportedly have had conversations with the Rangers about a possible deal that would dump Price and fellow Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi's contracts onto Texas. The duo is owed a whopping $147 million over the next three seasons, but the American League West club could use some rotation depth.

Boston likely wouldn't get much in return in this hypothetical trade, but for a front office looking for a solution to its payroll problem, it makes sense as an option.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Dodgers, like the Angels, were involved in the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes to the bitter end. Since it didn't work out in their favor, they could resort to plan B and take on Price's salary in a trade. With lefty Hyun-jin Ryu likely leaving in free agency, Price would make sense as a replacement.

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MLB rumors: This NL West team has discussed David Price trade with Red Sox

MLB rumors: This NL West team has discussed David Price trade with Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox need to clear salary, and trading starting pitcher David Price is one of the best ways to accomplish that goal.

Price is signed through the 2022 season with an annual salary of $32 million. It was the fifth-highest base salary in all of Major League Baseball before top free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole reportedly agreed to sign a nine-year, $324 million contract with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night

The Red Sox have other high-priced players to consider trading, including star outfielder Mookie Betts, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season.

If Betts is traded before next season or before the 2020 trade deadline, he could leave his new team in free agency. Price's situation is a bit different because he's under contract for three more years. Starting pitching also is more valuable than outfielders, even though Betts is an MVP-caliber player.

The Red Sox reportedly have talked to multiple teams about a Price trade. One of those clubs is the San Diego Padres, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

The Padres are not afraid of making bold offseason moves. This is the team that signed Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract last winter. The Padres still finished at the bottom of the National League West in 2019 -- 36 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers -- so plenty more improvements are required for this franchise to return to the MLB postseason.

Price certainly would be a genuine upgrade to the Padres rotation. San Diego ranked 12th out of 15 NL teams in starting pitcher ERA last season. Price, who went 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 22 starts for the Red Sox in 2019, also would bring much-needed experience (including 23 postseason appearances) to the Padres rotation.

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