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Through the terms of his contract, starting pitcher Roy Halladay would have to throw 259 innings for his 2014 option of $20 million to kick in.
I'll go out on a limb and say that's not likely to happen.
Three conditions have to be met in order for Halladay's 2014 to vest—a total of 415 innings between 2012 and this season, a minimum of 225 innings in 2013, and he can't be on the disabled list to end the 2013 season.
The first two conditions certainly won't be met, and the last one—well, who knows.
To say that Halladay was all over the map in his first start on Wednesday would be putting it mildly.
In 3.1 innings, Halladay struck out nine batters. But he also issued three walks and allowed base hits to six of the seven other hitters, two of them home runs.
According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, one scout was completely baffled.
"If you didn't know it was Roy Halladay out there," he said, "you would say, 'This guy looks like a journeyman.'"
Halladay battled through a shoulder issue last year and then fought bouts of reduced velocity this spring. The first start did nothing to alleviate any concerns.
Making $20 million this season, Halladay is almost assuredly financially set for life. He could call it a career right now and be a candidate for the Hall of Fame.
Considering how he looks right now, his future won't be with the Phillies. In fact, that future could be in serious doubt.