Assuming that the Phillies sign Pedro, which seems extremely likely at this point, and that they are able to add another front-line starter, such as fan-favorite Doc Halladay, what happens to old, reliable Jaime Moyer? If we are able to add both starters, or someone similar, our starting rotation would look like this:
Halladay/some other #1b
With the way that Blanton and Happ are pitching, I can not imagine that they would be removed from the rotation unless one of them are traded in the Halladay deal. Assuming that neither are traded, however, that leaves no room for Moyer in our rotation, and I hardly see him as a realistic bullpen option. Below, I have outlined what I believe to be the possible scenarios.
Option 1: Include Blanton or Happ in the Halladay deal to create room for Moyer in the rotation.
Option 2: Move Happ back to the bullpen where he was successful earlier in the year.
Option 3: Trade or Release Moyer
Option 4 (not gonna happen, but I could only wish): Fire Rich Dubee and insert Moyer as pitching coach.
From what I have heard, the Blue Jays are high on Happ and would like to include him in a potential deal. Although I am an avid Moyer supporter and look forward to the day where he will hopefully become a Phillies pitching coach to mentor young pitchers on a full-time basis, I see option 3 as the most likely scenario. The way Happ is pitching, there is no way they could justify moving him back to the bullpen. Unfortunately Moyer would be the odd man out if our Halladay dreams are realized.
What do you all think, is there an option that I am missing?