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Ryan Howard | First Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 250
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: SMS
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The Phillies offered the Orioles Ryan Howard in a package with Marlon Byrd, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports.
That matches up with an earlier tweet from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News saying the two sides had talked about Howard. The Orioles balked at the offer, likely due to Howard's inclusion. The Phils owe Howard $50 million over the next two seasons and would presumably like to unload that contract if at all possible. Whether they'll find any takers remains in question. Dec 13 - 6:30 PM
Source: MASN Sports

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Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports the Orioles have talked to the Phillies about Ryan Howard.

The inquiry appears to have been nothing more than that, but it's still interesting that there are teams asking about Howard. The Phillies would be remiss not to listen on the first baseman, who turned 35 years old this year. Howard is due $25 million over the next two seasons and has a $10 million buyout for 2018.
Dec 10 - 8:39 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com notes that Ryan Howard is on track to gain full 10-and-5 rights on May 2, 2015.

Players who have been in the majors for 10 years and have spent five consecutive seasons with the same club have the right to veto any trade. Howard can already block deals to 20 teams, but this would make him even more difficult to move. The Phillies would surely like to unload him this winter, but they would have to eat a significant portion of the $60 million remaining on his contract to do so. There was a report last month that Royals discussed him as a possibility, but things have been quiet ever since.
Dec 9 - 4:47 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Royals' interest in Ryan Howard is overblown.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that the Royals have had internal discussions about trading for Howard, but Salisbury was told by a personal with knowledge of the situation that "teams discuss every player." In other words, it's far from becoming a reality. Salisbury writes that the Royals would prefer someone who offers some versatility and names Howard's teammate Marlon Byrd as a better fit. It's believed that the Phillies might have to wait until later in the offseason to unload Howard.
Nov 11 - 2:56 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN hears from evaluators who've had discussions with the Phillies that the team plans to move Ryan Howard "no matter what it takes."

The Phillies are in rebuilding mode and appear determined to turn the page on Howard in the process. It's quite clear that they'll have to eat the majority of his remaining contract ($60 million if you include his $10 million option for 2017) in order to do it. The best fit is likely in the American League and USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that the Royals have discussed Howard as a possible replacement for Billy Butler at DH.
Nov 11 - 9:35 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Royals have had internal discussions about trading for Ryan Howard.

The Royals have an opening at designated hitter after declining Billy Butler's 2015 option, and while they're open to re-signing Butler, Howard could potentially offer a bit more power. The money shouldn't be an issue, as the Phillies are aware that they'll have to eat most of the $60 million remaining on Howard's contract in order to move him. Nightengale writes that the Royals "believe (Howard) just might be the perfect fit" at DH.
Source: USAToday.com
Nov 10 - 10:26 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney writes that the Phillies are working to trade Ryan Howard.

It's not surprising news and it's ultimately easier said than done. Howard is still owed $60 million, with $25 million salaries for 2015 and 2016 and a $10 million buyout of a 2017 team option worth $23 million, so the Phillies would have to cover nearly all of his remaining contract or find a player with a similarly bad contract in order to find a match. Howard had 23 home runs and 95 RBI this season, but he hit just .223 with a .690 OPS. He turns 35 later this month.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 4 - 11:33 AM

Ryan Howard struck out all four times he was up Thursday in the loss to the Marlins.

Howard is the all-time leader with 25 four-strikeout games, but he needs to keep adding to the total if he's going to hold off challenges from newcomers like Javier Baez and George Springer. This will help.
Sep 25 - 7:34 PM

Ryan Howard homered off Jon Lester to give the Phillies their only run Friday.

Incredibly, it was Howard's 10th homer against a lefty, compared to just 12 in nearly three times as many plate appearances against righties. That Howard can't even be platooned properly in the midst of such a disappointing season has made him a peculiar liability for the Phillies.
Sep 20 - 12:40 AM

Ryan Howard is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.

Howard is sitting against another lefty, this time with Robbie Erlin on the hill for San Diego. Darin Ruf will start at first base.
Sep 18 - 5:30 PM

Ryan Howard is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.

He'll take a seat with left-hander Eric Stults on the hill for Philadelphia. Darin Ruf will start at first base.
Sep 17 - 6:30 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies lineup for Saturday's contest against the Marlins.

Maikel Franco will get the call in his place and bat second against opposing hurler Brad Hand. Look for Howard to be back in his customary clean-up spot on Sunday.
Sep 13 - 2:51 PM

Ryan Howard is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

He'll take a seat against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Darin Ruf will start at first base.
Aug 26 - 2:42 PM

Ryan Howard finished 3-for-5 with three RBI in the Phillies' loss to the Giants on Saturday.

Howard hit an RBI single in the top of the third inning, a two-run single in the top of the fifth, and then doubled in the top of the sixth. His surprisingly-productive August rolls on, but the 34-year-old first baseman still owns a rough .221/.301/.375 overall slash line.
Aug 16 - 7:51 PM

Ryan Howard's only hit on Thursday was a big one, as his eighth-inning grand slam gave the Phillies the lead and the win against the Astros.

Howard had been mired in a slump, but Astros pitching has been medicine for his bat as he drove in multiple runs in all three games of the Phillies' sweep. He took lefty reliever Tony Sipp out to left-center with the bases loaded to give the Phillies a 6-5 lead. Shockingly, Howard has hit left-handed pitching significantly better than right-handed pitching this season. Overall, he's slashing .220/.301/.383 with 18 home runs and 71 RBI.
Aug 7 - 10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
3Cameron Rupp
4Rene Garcia
5Koyie Hill
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
3Russ Canzler
2B1Chase Utley
2Cord Phelps
3Andres Blanco
4Odubel Herrera
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Cody Asche
2Maikel Franco
3Cesar Hernandez
4Chris Nelson
LF1Domonic Brown
2Grady Sizemore
3Xavier Paul
CF1Ben Revere
2Darin Mastroianni
3Brian Bogusevic
RF1Marlon Byrd
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Cliff Lee
3David Buchanan
4Jerome Williams
5Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Jake Diekman
3Ken Giles
4Mario Hollands
5Justin De Fratus
6Cesar Jimenez
7Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
8Luis Garcia
9Elvis Araujo
10Nefi Ogando
11Andy Oliver
12Paul Clemens