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Will Philly let Doc walk?

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07:16 AM ET 09.19 | His command and velocity lacking, Roy Halladay could have made his final home start earlier this week, but he managed to hold the Marlins to four hits and one run over six innings. But the big question is this: Should this be Halladay's final home start or should the Phillies bring him back next season? The trick is finding the magic number, if they think there is any chance he can get out big-league hitters consistently. It would be asinine to sign him to a one-year, $10 million contract, considering his struggles, health issues and age. But what about a one-year, $2.5 million contract with incentives? What about a one-year, $4 million deal? There is a number where the Phillies can bring back Halladay and feel the risks are worth the salary. And there are plenty of risks.

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September 19, 2013  08:14 AM ET

By the way - just had to post this little excerpt..... GO RAYS!!!!!!!!! GO CARDS!!!!!!!

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Sports fans are a special breed. People who write letters to newspapers are also a special breed. When these two worlds collide, hilarity can often enuse. That was the case with a Letter to the Editor in Tuesday???s SF Gate. A couple of 49ers fans were so upset about the crowd noise their team had to endure during Sunday???s game in Seattle, they suggested the NFL institute a punishment.

Their solution: ???The visiting team may stop the game when fan noise is greater than a specified decibel level, and should this rule be violated in more than three games, no home games will be played at the offending field for the rest of the season, including playoff games. Things would quiet down.???

Yes, I???m sure the NFL is getting right on that. (Thanks to Brien A., of Olympia, Wash., and Derek Einhaus, of Port Orchard, Wash., for the tip.)

September 19, 2013  08:17 AM ET

After the issues this year, a contract with incentives is the best way to go..... 3 mil, with 5 million in incentives.... and NOT based on wins, but innings pitched, K's and ERA......

September 19, 2013  08:48 AM ET

You can name the teams on hand who can afford him.

September 19, 2013  08:55 AM ET

This headline would have had a totally different context 30 years ago.

September 19, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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Yes, unless he'll come back at a greatly reduced rate.

Thank you, parrot.

September 19, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Thank you, parrot.

You seem cranky today.....

September 19, 2013  09:55 AM ET

I would think every team in bseball would be happy to sign Halladay for an incentive laden $2.5mio contract.

September 19, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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I would think every team in bseball would be happy to sign Halladay for an incentive laden $2.5mio contract.

agreed so long as incentive driven, sign him back but def dont get handcuffed into coughing up 10/ year guaranteed! That would be foolish Ruben...you have made enough mistakes...

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September 19, 2013  03:10 PM ET
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What I think is funny is that while everyone is busy contemplating if the Phillies should bring Halladay back, it seems no one is wondering if Halladay would re-sign with the Phillies.If you'll remember, he signed a somewhat team-friendly contract with the Phillies because he wanted to go to a team that gave him the best chance at a title. I can't imagine even the most homerific of Phillies fans thinking they're on the doorstep of another title.My bet is Doc and the Phils part ways.

My darkhorse on an incentive laden deal would be the Rays as he lives just a short distance from the Trop.

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