The MLB free agent season begins tomorrow. That means today is the last day that the Philadelphia Phillies can offer Roy Halladay a deal before other teams can begin expressing their interest. It seems that Phillies will allow him to enter free agency. After they see what the other offers on the table are, will they make their own to Halladay?
Halladay is coming off of one of his worst seasons. He ended up needing shoulder injury in early May. He came back at the end of August, but was still not the Halladay we all remember. It would be risky to make an offer, especially if it was for more money than what Halladay is worth.
The Phillies need a reliable starter. Halladay is no longer that. He ended the season with an ERA of 6.82 in just 13 starts. In 13 starts, you would think that the ERA would be lower. The Phillies also need a pitcher that can win games. Halladay had five losses and only four wins. That is not what the Phillies want if they want to be playoff contenders.
To look at the other side of things, maybe Halladay just had a bad season. Maybe if the Phillies did decide to offer him a contract that was reasonable, he could come back and surprise everyone. He may not be the pitcher he once was, but maybe he could get some of his velocity back with training. Halladay has become a fan favorite and many would be happy to see him come back.
No one knows what type of season Halladay will have. Whichever team decides to sign him will have a risk to take. The Phillies need a starter, but is Halladay that answer? We will see once the market opens.