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Not the last of Doc in Philly?


07:19 AM ET 09.25 | What a difference a few years makes. If Monday was the end of Roy Halladay's Phillies career, it's difficult to imagine a sadder scene. A sweat-soaked Halladay walked off the mound at Marlins Park after throwing just 16 pitches. At 1/3 of an inning, it was the shortest start of his career. Even though the 36-year-old Halladay is a free agent with a very uncertain future, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did not feel any sense of nostalgia, wondering if it was the last time he'd wear his team's uniform. "I guess I don't think that way," Amaro said. "I try not to think in absolutes with him. If we think he's going to be a viable possibility for us, we'd like to try to bring him back. I'd like to think it's not the last we'll see of Doc."

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September 25, 2013  08:51 AM ET

I could see him pitching for the Rays on an incentive laden deal. He lives close to the Trop and his chances of reaching the playoffs with the Rays are much better than most teams out there.

September 25, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Halladay signed somewhat of a team-friendly contract with the Phillies reportedly because he wanted an opportunity to win a championship. I doubt even Chasin, FN's own resident Phillies homer, thinks that the Phils are on the doorstep of their next championship.Less than a quarter of Halladay's starts have come in a Phillies uniform, so I'd be surprised if he has any serious loyalties to the team.That all said, I'm amused by all the speculation about if the Phillies should bring him back. No one seems to be considering the fact that maybe Halladay doesn't want to come back.I think they'll part ways.

I think he should look into any teams willing to offer him a contract...some guys gradually fall off...Doc went down a much steeper slope the past two seasons...$$ may not be an issue for him as much as contending but most contenders probably have a set rotation already that wont be changing anytime soon even if for a guy with arm issues who still may not have even hit rock bottom yet in terms of his ability to pitch at the MLB level....

He has been fun to watch but sadly time caught up to him and he might be done.

All of that said unless it is a very incentive based deal. I don't think the phillies should tie up any money into him due to the fact they have a great many other needs that should be addressed

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September 25, 2013  09:29 AM ET

Given his issues over the last two seasons, I don't see any teams offering him a large contract, but I think just about every team in the majors would be willing to offer him a low-risk, possibly incentive driven deal and at that point, I don't think the Phillies have an advantage over any other team to keep Halladay.


September 25, 2013  09:30 AM ET

I could see him pitching for the Rays on an incentive laden deal. He lives close to the Trop and his chances of reaching the playoffs with the Rays are much better than most teams out there.

Doubtful - the Rays don't need him right now... so there is little incentive.

September 25, 2013  10:12 AM ET

I heard somebody commetning on ESPN radio the other day that Doc couldn't break 83 miles per hour. I would be very surprised if he played for Philly again or for anybody.


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