Phillies Notes: Injury could cost pitcher Roy Halladay his 2014 vesting option

Posted: June 04, 2012

Other than three grounds-crew members, Roy Halladay was the lone soul on the field early Sunday morning at Citizens Bank Park. He ran sprints on the warning track, which probably offered little solace for the weeks of rest ahead.

If Halladay's bad shoulder forces an absence of eight weeks, as suggested, it could make him a free agent one season sooner than expected.

Halladay signed a three-year, $60 million deal before 2010 with a $20 million vesting option for 2014 that automatically activates if three conditions are met:

1. He throws at least 225 innings in 2013.

2. He isn't on the disabled list at the end of 2013.

3. He throws at least 415 innings total in 2012 and 2013.

Reaching stipulation No. 3 will be extremely difficult if Halladay misses these eight weeks. In the first third of the season, he made 11 starts and threw 721/3 innings. If he returns in eight weeks, he could make about 22 starts this season.

Halladay averaged 7.45 innings per start in his first two seasons with the Phillies. He's at 6.58 in 2012. Theoretically, he could finish with between 150 and 170 innings pitched in 2012.

Even if he achieves 170 innings in 2012, that would still require 245 innings in 2013 to reach 415. Halladay has done that three times (2003, 2008, 2010). But he will be 36 next season.

There is no team or player option if the vesting option does not kick in. Of course, the two sides could always reach a new agreement.

Halladay has not spoken publicly about his injury after seeking a second opinion on his shoulder. The Phils have yet to release the results.

Draft strategy

Major League Baseball's annual June draft begins Monday, and the Phillies will not pick until late in the night with the 40th overall selection. That pick most likely will be a position player, assistant general manager Marti Wolever said.

The Phillies also plan to spend their entire pool of $4.9 million for bonuses in the first 10 rounds of the draft, which represents a significant increase over previous years.

"Oh, definitely," Wolever said.

Under new rules, MLB has assigned each team a set pool of money it is not to exceed in awarding bonuses in its first 10 rounds. The Phillies spent about $4.7 million to sign 30 of their picks in 2011. They will spend more on their first 10 alone in 2012.

Part of that is because of baseball's new regulations. Wolever isn't sure how many teams will spend their entire pool - the Phillies' is the 21st largest of 30 teams - but the Phils will spend more on the draft than they have since 2008.

With a lack of position-player prospects at the higher levels of the Phillies' system, Wolever hinted that the team could look at a polished college player early.

"It's always about balance for me," Wolever said. "Everyone always says, 'Marti, you're a high-ceiling guy.' I certainly am. But on the flip side, you forget about a lot of guys over the years, from Jason Donald . . . to college guys that are a little further along and may not have quite the ceiling as the high school guys do, but they're going to be good major-league players. That's how we look at it."

Since 2001, when Wolever assumed control of the draft, the Phillies have taken a college player with their first pick only three times: Joe Savery in 2007, Mike Costanzo in 2005, and Tim Moss in 2003.

Extra bases

Vance Worley was activated from the disabled list and will start Monday's game against Los Angeles. He will likely be on a pitch count because he did not make a rehabilitation start.

Catcher Erik Kratz was optioned to triple A to make room for Worley.

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