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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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Anthony Castrovince of Sports On Earth hears that the Phillies are willing to cover $50 million of the $60 million remaining on Ryan Howard's contract in order to move him in a trade.
Howard is owed $25 million over the next two seasons with a $10 million buyout on his $23 million club option for 2017. This means that a potential trade partner would only have to pay him $5 million per season. If the Phillies just recently evolved to this position, it would provide more context why he's still around. They have tried their best to move him, but the market has been very quiet, as he fits best in the American League where he could serve as a DH. Nothing appears imminent, though. Mar 18 - 9:13 AM

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Ryan Howard homered and doubled as a Phillies split-squad routed the Red Sox 11-4 on Sunday.

After opening the spring 4-for-22 with no extra-base hits, Howard has two homers and a double in his last two games. It wasn't quite all good today -- he made a terrible throw to second while trying to start a double play -- but the Phillies are really more concerned about the bat anyway.
Mar 15 - 4:57 PM

Ryan Howard hit his first spring homer off Chris Archer as part of the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Rays on Friday.

The homer, which followed Chase Utley's single, accounted for both Phillies runs. The slimmed-down Howard is 5-for-25 with eight strikeouts and no walks so far.
Mar 13 - 4:08 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Orioles are "keeping an eye" on Ryan Howard this spring.

The Phillies tried to move Howard over the winter, but they understandably found little in the way of interest. However, there's still the chance that he could get moved this spring. The Orioles already have a lot of moving parts in their lineup, so it's not clear where Howard would fit, but perhaps he could see part-time duty between DH and first base. The Phillies would almost certainly have to eat the majority of the $60 million still owed to him to make a deal palatable. At the very least, the O's are doing their due diligence.
Mar 9 - 5:40 PM

Ryan Howard said Tuesday that he cut sugar from his diet over the winter and has lost 15-20 pounds.

This comes a few days after Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that Howard showed up to camp in the best shape "since I've known him." It's no secret that the Phillies would like to move on from him, so it appears that he has used the constant speculation about his future as motivation. It might not result in better numbers at the plate, but it's something. As of now, Howard still projects to get most of the playing time at first base for the Phillies this season.
Mar 3 - 3:03 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Friday that Ryan Howard showed up to camp in the best shape "since I've known him."

Amaro made up with Howard at the beginning of spring training after saying over the winter that the club would be better off without him, and now he's bragging about the veteran's physical condition. None of it really means much. Howard is still slated to start versus righties at first base as long as he's healthy and still with the Phillies on Opening Day. He remains capable of providing some home run pop but doesn't offer much else.
Feb 27 - 4:23 PM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that Ryan Howard will be the team's starting first baseman unless he's unseated.

It doesn't really tell us much. It's no secret that the Phillies would like to turn the page on Howard and appear willing to cover most of his contract in order to trade him, but they haven't received any serious interest until this point. Darin Ruf and/or Maikel Franco would benefit if the situation changes, but Howard is at the top of the depth chart at first base as spring training gets underway.
Feb 18 - 11:25 AM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro reiterated that if Ryan Howard remains with the team heading into spring training, that he'll have to earn the team's starting job at first base.

Amaro has made no secret of his desire to move Howard this offseason, and has been open and honest with Howard about the fact. The team would prefer to go with either Darin Ruf or Maikel Franco at first base, and Howard would have to beat them out for at-bats at the position.
Jan 17 - 9:03 AM

According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Phillies "have no takers" for first baseman Ryan Howard.

Stark says the Phillies are "talking up what a great person Ryan Howard is," but that's not likely to have much of an effect considering the 35-year-old is owed $50 million over the next two seasons and batted just .223/.310/.380 across 648 plate appearances in 2014. Howard is also a poor defender at first base, so his potential suitors may be limited to the American League. The Tigers, Royals, Angels, Mariners, Yankees, Rangers, Rays, Orioles, and Red Sox are the nine teams not covered by his no-trade clause.
Jan 12 - 2:29 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Tigers, Royals, Angels, Mariners, Yankees, Rangers, Rays, Orioles and Red Sox are the nine teams not on Ryan Howard's no-trade clause.

He can block a deal to all other 21 clubs if he wants, and in early May he'll gain 10-and-5 rights and would have to grant permission to be traded anywhere. The Phillies have expressed a willingness to pay down most of the $50 million remaining on Howard's contract, but their options are obviously limited. He's still a good bet to be dealt at some point, as general manager Ruben Amaro has openly admitted the team is better off without him.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 5 - 9:24 PM

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.
Source: MASN Sports
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 06:30:00 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 08:39:00 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.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 04:47:00 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.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 02:56:00 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.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 09:35:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
3Rene Garcia
4Koyie Hill
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
3Russ Canzler
4Chris McGuiness
2B1Chase Utley
2Cord Phelps
3Andres Blanco
4Odubel Herrera
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Cody Asche
2Cesar Hernandez
3Chris Nelson
LF1Grady Sizemore
2Jordan Danks
3Xavier Paul
CF1Ben Revere
2Brian Bogusevic
RF1Domonic Brown
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Cliff Lee
3Aaron Harang
4Jerome Williams
5Chad Billingsley
6David Buchanan
7Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
8Kevin Slowey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Ken Giles
3Jake Diekman
4Justin De Fratus
5Jeanmar Gomez
6Mario Hollands
7Andy Oliver
8Luis Garcia
9Paul Clemens
10Cesar Jimenez