Roy Halladay’s shoulder problems are expected to sideline him for 6-8 weeks and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com has an interesting note about the ramifications of the injury beyond this season.
Halladay signed a three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies in December of 2009 to facilitate his trade from the Blue Jays and the contract also includes a $20 million option for 2014 that vests if he throws 415 total innings between 2012 and 2013, including at least 225 innings in 2013.
Even for a workhorse like Halladay reaching those marks was hardly guaranteed before the injury and now it’ll be almost impossible. Halladay has thrown just 72 innings this season, which means he’d have to throw another 343 innings between now and the end of next season.
Zolecki also notes that there’s nothing keeping the Phillies and Halladay from re-doing the contract if both sides want to avoid a breakup after next season, but for now at least the shoulder injury has likely cost him $20 million.
The Mets told Jay Bruce that the club plans on having him open the season as the everyday right fielder, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. This comes as no surprise after the Mets failed to get any bites after dangling Bruce as a trade chip. The Mets reportedly wanted a pair of prospects in exchange for Bruce.
With Bruce in right, Yoenis Cespedes back in left, and Curtis Granderson in center, Michael Conforto appears to be the odd man out. He’ll either warm the bench or head back to Triple-A Las Vegas for regular at-bats.
Bruce, who turns 30 years old in April, had a rough final two months of the 2016 season after joining the Mets in a trade from the Reds. He hit a paltry .219/.294/.391 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in 187 plate appearances. Bruce, apparently, wanted to go anywhere but in New York.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have inked outfielder Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Young, 31, played in just six games and logged one plate appearance in the majors this past season with the Yankees. He last played regularly in 2014. While Young doesn’t do much with the bat, he could provide value as a pinch-runner. He also offers versatility, having played all three outfield positions along with second base.
The Angels have Ben Revere as their fourth outfielder and Jefry Marte behind him, so Young would need to have a very impressive showing in spring training to find a spot on the Angels’ roster.