The Phillies defeated the Marlins 2-1 this afternoon behind a strong start by Roy Halladay. The right-hander allowed just the one run on five hits and a walk with just two strikeouts. Laynce Nix pinch-hit for Halladay in the top of the 9th and broke the 1-1 tie with a solo home run, putting the veteran in line for his 200th victory. Jonathan Papelbon nailed down the save, allowing Halladay to become the 112th pitcher in baseball history to earn 200 or more career victories.
Halladay struggled in his first two starts, allowing 12 runs in 7.1 innings of work, but was able to right the ship at least for one day against the Marlins. All along, Halladay has insisted his problems were mental and not physical, despite mechanical changes, a drop in velocity, and an altered approach.
Always businesslike, Halladay was in no mood to celebrate the milestone:
At least six teams are interested in free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, according to a recent report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Known suitors include the Cubs, who will reportedly be in attendance during one of the shortstop’s offseason workouts as they decide whether or not to press forward with a deal.
The Blue Jays released Tulowitzki on Tuesday as general manager Ross Atkins admitted he couldn’t rely on the 34-year-old to bounce back from season-ending bone spur removal surgery and be the kind of consistent presence the club needed going forward. Toronto is expected to absorb the remaining $38 million on Tulowitzki’s contract, which includes the $20 million he’s due in 2019, another $14 million in 2020 and a $4 million buyout in 2021.
The veteran slugger will be available to any interested team at a minimum $600,000, an undeniably attractive bargain if he recovers in advance of the 2019 season. He last appeared in the majors in 2017 and slashed .249/.300/.378 with 17 extra-base hits and a .678 OPS through 260 PA. Per Slusser, Tulowitzki appears to be angling for a job with the Athletics — even going so far as to say he’d be willing to switch positions in order to play for a winning team — though they have yet to reach out about a potential deal this winter.