The Blue Jays will hold a press conference to announce a one-day contract with two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, as the 16-year veteran will announce his retirement on Monday, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
Toronto took Halladay with the 17th pick of the 1995 amateur draft. The right-hander pitched for the Jays for 12 seasons thereafter, winning 148 games and posting a 3.43 career ERA with the club through 2009. He was traded to the Phillies the following season for several highly regarded prospects and continued to dominate hitters in his first two seasons in Philadelphia. He put up a 2.91 ERA in 90 starts for the Phillies before last season, when shoulder injuries crept up on him and forced him to miss considerable time. Halladay threw over 40,000 pitches in his career, a feat that can often signal the end of a pitcher's career, according to a study by FanGraphs' Eno Sarris.
The eight-time All Star and the Blue Jays came together to allow Halladay to hang it up with the club that brought him along and saw him become one the best pitchers in baseball over the last decade. "Doc," as he became affectionately referred to, used a remarkable combination of cutters and two-seam fastballs to paint the corners of the strike zone with impeccable control. He was relied upon more than most to pitch deep into games, tallying 67 complete games of which 20 were total shutouts. Perhaps, his most memorable performances will be his 2010 campaign that featured a perfect game in May and a no-hitter in Game One of the NLDS against Cincinnati.