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Roy Halladay will announce his retirement today, per reports

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Roy Halladay, the righthanded pitcher for the Blue Jays and Phillies who was one of the best pitchers in baseball from 2001-2011, is announcing his retirement today, according to multiple reports.

Halladay, 36, was a first round pick of the Jays in the 1995 draft, but looked like  he was going to flame out when he put up a 10.64 ERA in 67 innings in 2000.

However, he bounced back and, from 2001-11, put up a 175-78 record with a 2.98 ERA (148 ERA+) in 2300 innings for the Blue Jays and the Phillies.

Halladay has struggled the past two seasons, putting up a 4.49 ERA in 156 innings in 2012, and a 6.82 ERA in 62 innings last year.  He has apparently decided he would rather retire (as a Blue Jay -- he is signing a one day contract with them today to announce his retirement) rather than continue to pitch through injuries and ineffectiveness.

When the Jays were reportedly shopping Roy Halladay in 2009, the Rangers were among the most interested teams, although reports at the time indicated that Toronto did not believe Halladay would waive his no-trade clause to go to Texas, and thus talks did not seriously advance.