06/03/12 5:27 PM ET
Injury likely to cost Doc lucrative vesting option
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
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.
Phils could go college route early in Draft
PHILADELPHIA -- Since the Phillies selected Pat Burrell with the first pick in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, they have used 11 of their next 13 selections in the first and supplemental rounds on high school players.
Just two players attended college: Chase Utley (2000) and Joe Savery (2007).
But because the Phillies are without a first-round selection in this year's Draft, they might lean toward a more polished college player. The Phillies pick 40th and 54th overall.
Live coverage of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft begins with a one-hour preview show on Monday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB.com and MLB Network, followed by the first round and supplemental compensation round.
"We'd like to get some more offensive players," Phillies assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever said. "We did a pretty good job of that last year. It's always about balance for me. Everyone always says, 'Marti, you're a high-ceiling guy.' I certainly am. But on the flip side, you forget about a lot of guys over the years, from Jason Donald ... college guys that are a little further along and may not have quite the ceiling as the high school guys do, but they're going to be good Major League players. That's how we look at it.
"We've been here since Monday when we started the [pre-Draft] meetings. We tried to identify some weaknesses in the organization, depth-wise. We like to have a little bit of everything. But I would like offensive players. There are a couple kids we've targeted. If they're there and it's a fit, we'll look there first. If not, we'll probably go to the pitching board and see what we can find there."
As expected, the Phillies activated right-hander Vance Worley from the 15-day disabled list. He will start Monday's series opener against the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Worley on the roster.
Hector Luna hit cleanup Sunday. It was the first time in his career he batted fourth. In the previous 176 games he had started in his big league career, Luna hit third once and fifth twice. He mostly hit eighth (68), seventh (55) and sixth (29).
Outfielder Juan Pierre needed to score one run to reach 1,000 for his career. Once he does, Elias Sports Bureau said he will be the 30th player in baseball history to have 1,000 runs, 2,000 hits and 500 stolen bases.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.