Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said Tuesday that the club would like to try re-signing Halladay this winter so long as the front office determines he's a "viable possibility." There's certainly no guarantee that the Doc will be a practical option in 2014 given his serious injury woes this season, but Amaro seems optimistic:
"If there was somebody that was going to come back and be an effective pitcher, it would be him. We’ll have to see whether we think he can."
Halladay, 36, lasted just 16 pitches in his final start on Monday before being removed due to arm fatigue. The former Cy Young winner was laboring to even reach 80 miles per hour on the gun -- PitchF/X labeled all of his fastballs as change-ups -- which does not really bode well for his future prospects.
Shoulder surgery sidelined the Doc from May until late August. When he did finally return to the hill last month, his usual spot-on command was nowhere to be found.
The veteran right-hander pitched relatively well in his five outings back -- posting a 4.28 earned-run average in 27⅓ innings -- but he definitely was not the Halladay of old. Halladay finishes the year with a 6.82 ERA and worse than five walks per nine in 62 innings of work, numbers not seen since his fateful 2000 season in Toronto as a 23-year-old.
Halladay earned $20 million this year, but is likely to take a pretty big pay cut wherever he ends up given his recent arm issues.