Update 12:00 EST: Section 215’s Somers Price reacts to the shocking news of Halladay’s retirement here.
Update December 9th 11:08 A.M. EST: CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman is reporting that Halladay has decided to retire.
I’ve been steady the past week or two, trying to text any baseball sources that I have or reach out to guys like Buster Olney and Chris Cotillo, to try to figure out what is going on with Roy Halladay. I’ve struggled to get much of a response, other than that no one really had heard much on Halladay. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News cleared things up a bit tonight.
Checked recently. Nothing doing yet. Probably Jan. signing RT @jjburkeesq what’s the market on halladay?
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) December 8, 2013
That’s what I figured, but it’s nice to see it clarified a bit.
For the time, Halladay shouldn’t be forgotten by the Phillies, but rather put on the back-burner. Ruben Amaro needs to add a number three starter behind Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee at this week’s winter meetings, and given Halladay’s health concerns, he isn’t the right guy. The Phillies need certainty behind those two.
As I said, I wouldn’t forget about Halladay. Do I think he has much left? Not really. But, if the Phillies sign or trade for a solid number three guy this week, and they plan to put Jonathan Pettibone in the rotation, Halladay could still be an option. If he is still available in January, as Martino predicts, and Halladay is willing to take a one-year deal worth four or five million(with performance-based incentives), then he may very well be worth the risk. Any more than that type of deal, and the Phillies be better off looking internally at a guy like Ethan Martin, or looking to acquire another starter.