Roy Halladay Holds Key for Kyle Kendrick and Jamie Moyer's Future

Ryan SmithCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2009

Last year, the Phillies had a battle for the fifth starter spot. It was mainly between Chan Ho Park, JA Happ, Kyle Kendrick, and Carlos Carrasco.

Well things have changed.

There is still a battle for the fifth spot in the rotation, but it has different contenders. Chan Ho Park is a free agent, Carrasco is with the Indians, and Happ is in the rotation.

So far the Phils rotation is Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, JA Happ, and Joe Blanton.

That leaves Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick to fight it out for the fifth spot. The Phillies are also considering resigning Pedro Martinez. That would make it a three-way battle.

The most likely option right now is Jamie Moyer, who won 12 games last year. Let's face it, the guy isn't that bad. In my opinion, its his job to lose. Kendrick will have to take it from him.

There is only one way that both Kendrick and Moyer will get their way, and no it's not by going to Burger King.

The answer is Roy Halladay.

If the Phillies trade for him, they will likely give up JA Happ. It would also mean they would likely trade away Joe Blanton to get rid of money.

This would leave two open spots in the rotation, and both Kendrick and Moyer would likely win a spot.

It all comes down to who you'd want to have. JA Happ, Joe Blanton, and Moyer or Halladay, Moyer, and Kendrick?

Halladay is an ace in himself and adding him would give the Phillies two aces, and hopefully Cole Hamels can bounce back. That would give the Phillies the best three-man punch in the league.

Moyer can hold his own, and Kendrick did pretty good last year in triple-A and in his major league games.

If the Phillies can make a deal for Halladay, they should be in good shape

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