12/16/2009 3:32 PM ET
Phillies acquire Halladay
The Phillies have acquired right-hander Roy Halladay and cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league right-hander Kyle Drabek, outfielder Michael Taylor and catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. Additionally, Halladay agreed to a three-year, $60 million contract extension with the Phillies that includes a $20 million vesting option for a fourth season.
Halladay, 32, went 17-10 with a 2.79 ERA and nine complete games in 32 starts for Toronto this past season. He led the American League in complete games and shutouts (4), finished second in innings (239.0), third in ERA, tied for fourth in wins and quality starts (22), and was fifth in strikeouts (208). Halladay, who finished fifth in the AL Cy Young Award voting, had a 24.0-inning scoreless streak from September 20-30, which was tied for the second-longest streak in the AL, one inning less than Phil Hughes' league-best 25.0-inning streak.
"Without question, Roy is one of the top pitchers in the game today," said Amaro. "He has the talent, professionalism and makeup that embody what we look for in players and we're very happy to have him in a Phillies uniform for at least the next four seasons."
Since the beginning of the 2002 season, Halladay leads all pitchers in wins (130), complete games (46) and shutouts (13) and has the second-best winning percentage (.688). Over the last four seasons (2006-09), he has logged more innings (930.1) than any pitcher in major league baseball.
"Roy is known as the best pitcher in baseball and will have instant respect," said manager Charlie Manuel. "He's a number one, a blue chipper and I expect him to stabilize our pitching staff. Roy brings a great work ethic and tremendous character and he'll have a big presence in our clubhouse. As an organization, our goal remains the same - to get back to the World Series and win it again."
A six-time All-Star, including each of the last two seasons, Halladay won the AL Cy Young Award in 2003, when he went 22-7 with a 3.25 ERA in 36 starts. That year, he won The Sporting News' Pitcher of the Year Award and was named Most Outstanding Pitcher in the Players Choice Awards balloting. In 2008, he finished second in AL Cy Young voting.
Originally selected by Toronto in the first round of the 1995 draft, Halladay has a career record of 148-76 with 49 complete games and 15 shutouts in 313 games (287 starts) for the Blue Jays (1998-2009). Halladay will wear #34.
Drabek, 22, went 12-3 with a 3.19 ERA in a combined 25 games (23 starts) for single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading in 2009. He was the Phillies' first-round selection (18th overall) in the 2006 draft and is 19-10 with a 3.70 ERA in 50 games (47 starts) in his professional career.
Taylor, 23, batted a combined .320 with 20 home runs, 84 RBI and 21 stolen bases between Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2009. A fifth-round selection by the Phillies in the 2007 draft out of Stanford University, Taylor is a career .312 hitter with 45 home runs, 205 RBI and 44 stolen bases in 314 minor leagues games.
The 20-year-old d'Arnaud spent the 2009 season with single-A Lakewood, the South Atlantic League Champions, and batted .255 with 38 doubles, 13 home runs and 71 RBI in 126 games. In three minor league seasons, he is a .267 hitter with 23 home runs and 121 RBI.