The answer is very simple. You pay the man the respect he deserves and you give him another chance to make it happen. And, if it doesn't work, you give each other a big teary hug and part ways.
It’s the right thing to do.
The guy is the ultimate competitor. He has a work ethic like no other. If anybody can come back from an injury like this, it’s the future Hall of Famer.
Why take the chance? Well, first of all, you owe it to him. The guy gave his heart and soul to your team for the past 4 seasons. In addition, you just don’t toss a future HOF’er to the trash heap like that, especially if you’re the Phillies. It’s not their style (thankfully).
Halladay gets along so well with Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels that it will be an easy decision for
as to whether he wants to return to Philly.
He feels partly in debt for not being able to perform at his maximum
level, so his desire to return is already evident.
Here’s what you do….you structure a minor league contract (non-guaranteed) with a major league option at the end of spring training. You make the pay amount somewhat minimal but build in all types of great incentives based on performance. If he hasn't been able to prove he can return to a competitive form by the end of spring training, I’m pretty sure
Roy will be the first one to tear up the deal.
I seriously doubt if teams are going to be lining up to sign Halladay based on his latest performance and recent serious medical problems. I also seriously doubt
Roy is really looking to join a new franchise and start over.
The Phillies are a class organization and I’m sure the last thing they want to do here is look like the “bad guy”. They should do everything they can to give
Roy one last chance to make it happen.
It's the right thing to do.
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