Roy Halladay isn't the same pitcher who the Philadelphia Phillies obtained from the Toronto Blue Jays in December 2009. He might not even be the same mound man who climbed the hill last spring. But, is his time in red pinstripes nearly over?
This 36-year-old is arguably the best starting pitcher of his era. He earned that distinction by throwing over 2,700 major league innings since 1998.
Age and physical realities can be accurately measured. The future, meaning next season, represents everyone's best guess.
Halladay might be allowed to make some starts for Ryne Sandberg's team this month, or next. If (when) that happens, it seems unlikely that a full set of answers will be seen.
Every human being is different. So, there's no guarantee that experience and wisdom will somehow allow the former ace to be effective with a reduced repertoire next season.
Halladay could remain in Philadelphia past September if he's offered (and is willing to accept) an incentive laden one-year deal for 2014. Despite a great resume, a conditioned contract is the only reasonable option.