Roy Halladay will retire

Roy Halladay will announce his retirement today during a Blue Jays press conference at the Winter Meetings (Heyman), during which he’s first expected to sign a one-day deal with the Blue Jays.

Earlier this winter, Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicted the Mets would sign Halladay, Curtis Granderson, Stephen Drew and Bronson Arroyo to free-agent contracts this winter.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Halladay had a rough 2013, but most alarming was the weakness of his fastball, which dipped to the high 80s. This, plus being 36, plus the extra walks and home runs, and the history of shoulder issues, probably limited interest in him from teams for 2014. He just didn’t have it, and looked like a totally different pitcher than he had been during his prime. He’s three more than 1,400 innings during the six years prior to 2011, so he’s got a lot of mileage. It’s time. There is no shame in hanging it up, given the career he’s had.

41 comments
crash
crash

And this is why you NEVER give a pitcher more than 5 years. Boy, this guy lost it faster than Jason Bay. I DID NOT want to see him in a Met uniform.

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

You mean he's a totally different pitcher than his prime?!  You don;t say...really?  See what happens when PED's become a no-no.  Careers start becoming shorter like they used to.

billysuede
billysuede

The Phillies sure would like to take a mulligan on that deal...

metstastic
metstastic

Wow.. Seriously.. he's 36 and ready to give it up? And you wonder why teams are reluctant to give contracts until 40!

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

The damn red sox have an excess of starting pitching...they need a 3b, in the past u could have offered Murphy for lackey or murphy and montero for peavy...but we have to worry about payroll....what a joke

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

Athletes know their own bodies better than anyone. If he said it's time, it's time.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Hall of Famer?  It's like a mini version of Pedro.  Not many innings but some periods of insane dominance.

robzilla
robzilla

Wait, he can't retire until the Mets send him off with a lovefest like they do for all our other rivals. Yet 16, 18, and 31 aren't on the OF wall. Ridiculous. 

mrdickey
mrdickey

Is it just me...what is this gobbledygook???


"He’s three more than 1,400 innings during the six years prior to 2011, so he’s got a lot of mileage"

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Sandy is disapointed he wanted to be the one who signed him for one day for 13 million just to show he would be willing to spend 13 million for a pitcher. 

Peter Steinberg
Peter Steinberg

I was at his perfect game in Miami. After the game he signed a ball for me. HOF.....eventually

MetsOregon
MetsOregon

Hall of Famer and a class act. Enjoy your retirement, Doc.

AJF
AJF

Halladay probably wanted to sign a one day contract with the Phillies, but Amaro would only offer three years.

Agee's Catch
Agee's Catch

Doc is a class act. I'm happy for him to retire as a Blue Jay

Hank259
Hank259

This is a bit of a shocker. I expected him to at least take one more shot, but time gets us all in the end. As a Mets fan, I enjoyed Halladay more in his Blue Jays days of course, but what a great pitcher. Congrats on a stellar career. 

AJF
AJF

CoreyNYC

Why did Halladay retire when Brian Cashman would have given him 5 yrs/$100m?

md92468
md92468

A shame to go out the way he did...Great pitcher, great competitor. 

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

@billysuede Considering the Mets ended up with Td'A.  Maybe.  But Mets fans were begging for Holiday at the time too.  Which also means there is a strong possibility Td'A wouldn't be a Met now either.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

I'm sure there are/ were health issues that he's facing in the post-PED era.I'd expect to see shorter careers with the testing that's being done. I'm sure that's in the minds of this FA class, as well.

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@anthony G. Decesare i doubt they see murphy as much of an upgrade over middlebrooks. boegarts can still go there too if they decide to wait out the drew market and jump in. i agree the payroll stuff is a joke but not so sure your suggestion is something the sox would be keen on.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Deal Murphy for an aging SP? No thank you

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

How long was he dominant? Small plus for having a kewl baseball nickname.

dave27a
dave27a

@BringBackDaveTelghe I don't think he dominated like Pedro.  I'd have a hard time separating him meaningfully from guys like Saberhagen, Cone, Hershiser, Viola...real good pitchers with some standout, CY years, but not enough longevity.  Considering none of those got more than a year on the ballot, no way Halladay should ride all the way in. I do think some of those guys, while not HOFers, ewrre still criminally undersupported...but in the end I put Halladay in that class.  Santana too.

Goorru®Mets
Goorru®Mets

@mrdickey Your biggest mistake was reading past the headline, which is sometimes wrong.

Charlie Griffin
Charlie Griffin

@mrdickey I had to read it a few times too.  My best guess is "He’s pitched three more than 1,400 innings during the six years prior to 2011, so he’s got a lot of mileage"



mrdickey
mrdickey

I don't think he's a first ballot HOFer, but I think he gets in. His numbers are impressive considering he pitched so long in the AL during the PED era.

indianamet
indianamet

@Mike T Daly

Good question.  200 Wins  2 CY Youngs, won 20 games 3x, 2 no-hitters, 2100 Ks, great winning pct.  More complete games than most other pitching staffs combined.  I think he has to go in.  I think the voters are past the magic 300 win marker as the end-all be-all stat.

dave27a
dave27a

@Joe Paulson Doc?  Could have sworn that was taken.


Was like calling Tomlinson LT.

Charlie Griffin
Charlie Griffin

@mrdickey Or, the more obvious ""He’s threw more than 1,400 innings during the six years prior to 2011, so he’s got a lot of mileage"

Hodges14
Hodges14

@mrdickey Will be interesting.  He was great during periods of his career.  In the end I kind of feel like he falls somewhere in the category of Pedro Martinez, David Cone, Orel Hershiser, etc. 

mrdickey
mrdickey

Yeah, I think the "three" should be thrown...


They can't be doing this stuff to us, especially on Mondays. :P