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Roy Halladay’s shoulder injury will keep $20 million option from vesting in 2014

Jun 6, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay‘s shoulder problems are expected to sideline him for 6-8 weeks and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com has an interesting note about the ramifications of the injury beyond this season.

Halladay signed a three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies in December of 2009 to facilitate his trade from the Blue Jays and the contract also includes a $20 million option for 2014 that vests if he throws 415 total innings between 2012 and 2013, including at least 225 innings in 2013.

Even for a workhorse like Halladay reaching those marks was hardly guaranteed before the injury and now it’ll be almost impossible. Halladay has thrown just 72 innings this season, which means he’d have to throw another 343 innings between now and the end of next season.

Zolecki also notes that there’s nothing keeping the Phillies and Halladay from re-doing the contract if both sides want to avoid a breakup after next season, but for now at least the shoulder injury has likely cost him $20 million.

  1. icanspeel - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Either that or it gave him more money cause if it doesn’t vest and he is a healthy free agent I have a feeling someone would pay him more than 20 mill for that year..

    • ame123 - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      He won’t hit FA. guaranteed.

  2. ame123 - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    He also said he wants to finish his career in Philly. This may just free up a few more million to re-sign Hamels and keep the 3 aces together another 3+ years.

    • sicklife1 - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      Of course he said that….Most players say that, but it comes down to money & health. I think this is the beginning of the end for Halladay. He’s put a lot of innings on that right shoulder & you knew one day he would start breaking down. This may have been the year….we will have to wait & see.

      • ame123 - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        This is not a structural injury, its a muscle strain. Halladay has at least 5 good years left.

      • xmatt0926x - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:28 PM

        sick life, he has a strained last, not a tear or elbow issue or shoulder issue. Of course he’s due to start having a decline in performance but let’s not pretend he’s on retirements doorstep. He’s not a fireballer who now can’t get it to 90 MPH. Those guys are the ones who fall off a cliff over a season or two. Halladay is a surgical pitcher who can get by at 87-90.

      • xmatt0926x - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:28 PM

        *strained lat

      • paperlions - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:33 PM

        At least 5 good years…so you expect him to be good until he is at least 40? That may happen, but it isn’t the smart bet.

  3. xmatt0926x - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    It hasn’t cost him$20 million at all. I’m guessing that he still gets at least close to that in free agency. Even with a certain level of decline he would get something in the neighborhood on a 1 year deal from a team missing a starter for contention.

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