Following a disappointing season for the Phillies, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the front office have some tough decisions to make. Despite having nearly $100 million tied to their starting rotation last season, the Phillies struggled a bit due to injuries and a down year from Roy Halladay.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly recently broke down the club's starting rotation options. As for Cole Hamels, he is a lock to return. Cliff Lee's name was mentioned in a couple of potential waiver deals in August, but he too is likely to stay given his solid ERA and big contract.
As for Roy Halladay, here is what CSN Philly had to say:
Halladay's contract is guaranteed for just 2013 at $20 million. The Phils don't need him to win another Cy Young, but they do need him healthy and logging quality innings.
At the back-end of the rotation, Kyle Kendrick seems like a solid fit given his low contract demands and that he pitched pretty well down the stretch in August and September. He may not be an ace, but as long as he's solid the Phillies should be able to survive with Kendrick as their No. 4.
As for the final spot, Salisbury believes it'll come down to Vance Worley and prospect Tyler Cloyd. You can find out what he believes will happen in his latest article here.