Injury likely to cost Doc lucrative vesting option

Injury likely to cost Doc lucrative vesting option

Injury likely to cost Doc lucrative vesting option
PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Halladay's stint on the disabled list is going to cost him more than six to eight weeks.

It seems likely to cost him his $20 million vesting option in 2014.

Halladay agreed to a club-friendly, three-year, $60 million contract extension from the Phillies before they acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays in December 2009. The deal included a $20 million vesting option for 2014 that was not easy to reach even before he got hurt. The option says Halladay must reach each of the following criteria: throw 415 innings in 2012-13, 225 innings in 2013 and not finish 2013 on the disabled list.

Missing up to two months this season will make it extremely difficult to hit the 415-inning mark.

Halladay threw a career-high 266 innings for the Blue Jays in 2003. If he hit that mark next season -- unlikely considering he will be 36 -- he would have to throw 149 innings this season. He has thrown 72 1/3 innings so far.

Of course, that does not preclude the Phils and Halladay from working out an agreement to keep him in a Phillies uniform beyond 2013, if they choose. But because of the injury, Halladay might become a free agent a year earlier than expected.