Phils Avoid Qualifying Offer to Halladay, Ruiz

As expected, Qualifying Offers were not extended to Chooch, Doc.

According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies, as predicted, will not extend qualifying offers to right-handed starter Roy Halladay and right-handed catcher Carlos Ruiz. Halladay, 36, was dreadful, pitching through an assortment of injures last season, posting a 6.82 ERA in 13 starts, seven of which were outings of five innings or less. Ruiz, 34, played in 92 games after serving a 25-game suspension to start the year, hitting .268/.320/.368 with five homers, his lowest total since 2008.

Qualifying offers would have been $14.1 million for one season for each player making them easy passes for a Phillies squad looking to improve a shaky line-up, starting rotation, and bullpen. This, of course, does not mean either play won’t be returning to Philadelphia for 2014 but neither player should expect to receive anything close to that number on the free agent market. Because a qualifying offer was not extended, the team or teams that sign Halladay and/or Ruiz would not need to surrender a draft pick to do so.



  1. Rune Duren

    November 5, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Now there’s a shocker! Chooch should be re signed at about 7 mil per. Halladay? It sickens me to see what happened to Doc. But I don’t think he’ll ever be close to what he was. If they resign him even for a lot less it’ll be like having two KK’s on the team. And as far as I’m concerned? One KK is too much.

  2. Frank

    November 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Thoughts on the catcher situation – Jonathan Lucroy is the Brewers starting Catcher. Last year, he hit 18 hr, drove in 82 rbi and hit .280 with 146 hits, 25 doubles, and 6 triples. His average has been as high as .320 in 2012 – made $850,000 last season. It seems like only Gomez and Juan Segora are untouchable on their roster and they badly need pitching. How about offering up Kendrick and catching prospect Tommy Joseph, a player to be named and some cash to help cover Kendrick’s arb. costs for 2014? Lucroy is 27 and could be apart of a new core for years to come – cheaper alternative this season compared to signing Ruiz and save money for other needs.

    • schmenkman

      November 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

      That’s good for the Phillies, I like Lucroy. I just don’t know why the Brewers would even consider it.

      • wbramh

        November 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        What if the Phillies offered Revere in that package (assuming they land Ellsbury )?
        Do you think the Brewers would bite (or would the Phillies FO then balk)?

      • schmenkman

        November 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        That may help, although I’m not sure they would see Revere as enough of an upgrade over Caleb Gindl, Khris Davis, etc, to move a good young catcher. I’m sure they also see him as part of their future core.

    • Chuck A.

      November 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Frank, I would do that deal in a heartbeat but agree with schmenkman that it would be puzzling if the Brewers would entertain the thought. I never even thought about Lucroy but it always seemed that when the Phillies played the Brewers that he was right there in the mix of things.

  3. Jael

    November 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

    No phillies keep ruiz doc can go but keep ruiz on the phillies

  4. wbramh

    November 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Us Phillies fans love Carlos, Mrs. Ruiz but the two of you will love the fresh mountain air of Colorado.

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