Earlier today, the Blue Jays announced that they would make some sort of announcement this afternoon. Turns out, it’s the retirement of Roy Halladay.
Jon Heyman reports that Halladay will sign a one-day contract so that he retires as a member of the Blue Jays, the team that largely defined his career. Halladay is only 36 years old, and he was a Cy Young candidate as recently as 2011, but shoulder injuries have bothered him for two years now, and last season he made just 13 starts with an ERA approaching 7.00. Halladay seemed like a high-risk, high-reward free agent this winter, the kind of guy who might sign a one-year contract and rebound significantly, but he will instead walk away without hanging on too long.
For a 10-year stretch, Halladay was — without question — a Hall of Fame level pitcher. From 2002 through 2011 he averaged 17 wins per season with a 2.97 ERA. But he was 25 years old before he made as many as 20 starts in a season, and now he’s ending his career without pitching into his late 30s. That 10-year Hall of Fame window might not be enough to actually get him elected, but there’s no doubt he’s one of the elite pitchers of this era.