zambonir...your ideas about how to deal with Smyly this off season is in my mind precisely the reason the Phillies are still dealing with starting pitching issues after 4 years of Klentak. They always seem to hem and haw and wait for the market to adjust and in the process, lose out on guys they could have possibly signed with a bit more urgency.
I am not advocating for or against Smyly, I prefer to wait and see how he does in his final 4 starts this month. But I will say this...if he does well, shows he is healthy and gives the Phils a feeling they would like him back, then sign him quickly, not wait till after this or that happens...and Smyly likely gets another offer.
I still shudder when thinking about Morton. The Phils had him, liked him and thought about bringing him back. But they hemmed and hawed and he got another offer, took it and the rest is history.
I don't often agree with Austinfan but do when it comes to Smyly. History shows that a pitcher coming back from TJ surgery often takes 2 years or so before he is back to normal. And Smyly's normal would be an asset for the Phils. He seems to like it with the Phils, has certainly done better than Vargas or VV and would probably sign quickly if offered a reasonable deal.
Look, again, not an advocate for signing him necessarily but a complete advocate for deciding quickly, based on how he does the rest of the season and not letting things simply hang till December.
The Phils may get a pass when this season ends [bullpen injuries, loss of their left fielder and leader, blah blah blah] but they will not get a pass next year. There are at least 2-3 organization leadership guys whose jobs likely depend on them winning. So if they think Smyly can help them as a starter, sign him quickly and get on with the rest of their checklist of needs.