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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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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's remains capable of providing some home run pop but doesn't offer much else. Feb 27 - 4:23 PM

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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

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
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 10:26:00 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
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 11:33:00 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.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 07:34:00 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.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:40:00 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.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 05:30:00 PM

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
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Cody Asche
2Maikel Franco
3Cesar Hernandez
4Chris Nelson
LF1Grady Sizemore
2Jordan Danks
3Xavier Paul
CF1Ben Revere
2Darin Mastroianni
3Brian Bogusevic
RF1Domonic Brown
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Cliff Lee
3David Buchanan
4Aaron Harang
5Chad Billingsley
6Jerome Williams
7Kevin Slowey
8Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Jake Diekman
3Ken Giles
4Mario Hollands
5Justin De Fratus
6Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
7Luis Garcia
8Elvis Araujo
9Nefi Ogando
10Andy Oliver
11Sean O'Sullivan
12Paul Clemens
13Jeanmar Gomez
14Cesar Jimenez