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Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:15 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2010 6:32 pm
The Phillies have Roy Halladay signed through 2013. They have Chase Utley signed through 2013.

And now they have Ryan Howard signed through 2016, after finalizing a five-year, $125 million contract extension today.

If you're going to start a baseball team, that's a pretty good place to start. They have the best starting pitcher in the game, a second baseman who is one of the four or five best overall players in the game, and a first baseman/cleanup hitter whose power matches up with anyone's.


Well, since the start of the 2006 season, Howard has 201 home runs. No one else in baseball has hit as many. No one else is really close.

Albert Pujols is second -- 29 home runs behind Howard.

Is Howard as good as Pujols? No, but that's not the point.

Put him together with Halladay and Utley, and you have the makings of a championship contender for years to come. Add in Jimmy Rollins, who for now is signed through 2011, and Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz and the rest of the Phillies, and you have a team that has been to the World Series the last two years, winning it once, and has done everything to make sure this group has more chances to get there -- and win -- in the future.

In the Phillies camp report this spring, the Phillies talked about that plan, and pitcher Cole Hamels said the Phillies wanted "to become that dynasty team that we could be destined to be."

Even at that point, the Phillies had every significant player but one (right fielder Jayson Werth) signed at least through the end of next season. But at that point, there was still a very real question of how long past that this group could stay together.

Howard was the biggest part of that question. His contract history with the Phillies wasn't smooth. After Howard won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2005, the Phillies renewed his contract for $355,000. Howard was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 2006, but the Phillies renewed him again for $900,000 that winter.

Howard took the Phillies to arbitration after the 2007 season, winning a $10 million contract for 2008. His current three-year, $54 million deal, signed in February 2009, bought out arbitration years, but not any free-agent years.

Until now, he hadn't committed to stay in Philadelphia any longer than baseball rules would have kept him there.

Now he's signed through 2016, with a 2017 option that could bring the total value of the deal to $138 million.

Howard was already making $19 million this year, and he was already signed for $20 million for 2011. The new contract keeps him at $20 million for two more years (he'll make $25 million for the three seasons after that), so it doesn't put a great strain on the Phillies' budget, or greatly affect their ability to keep the rest of the team together.

In any case, the Phillies are perfectly comfortable building their future around Halladay, Utley, Howard and Rollins. They like the group they have assembled around those four -- they gave three-year contracts to Victorino, Ruiz, Placido Polanco and Joe Blanton over the winter -- but the key has always been to keep those four. As good a player as Werth has become, the Phillies believe that if they can't get him signed, they can find a way to replace him.

Howard would have been much harder to replace. He has hit 45 or more home runs each of the last four seasons, with at least 136 RBIs each year, and power hitters like that just aren't available.

The Phillies like what they have. They want to keep this group together.

Signing Howard is another huge step towards making it happen.
Category: MLB

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2010 1:14 am

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

thank u. yea it gets annoying.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:46 am

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

u make like the phils have a average payroll......not saying they spend like the yankees, but lets face it phils have an advantage over lost of teams because of their money.....only a handful of teams could get doc and sign him to what phils did and lots of teams would have to trade howard or let hinm go via FA cause they couldnt afford it, face the facts phils r a big market team and lots of teams cant comete with their big dollars

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:10 am

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

His production over the past 4 years is unmatched... even by Pujols.  He would have gotten $30mill per season if they let him go to Free Agency... and guess who would have started the bidding.. yup your beloved Sox. 

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2010 11:40 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

I am not a Phillies fan, but $25 mil at the end of his contract is an awful lot to pay for a slugger of his size, as they historically do not age well. 1999, a team gave a 30-year old large left-handed hitting firstbaseman, who was a former MVP, and had just come off finishing 4th in that years balloting, a 3 year contract (7.1 mil/11.1 mil/13.1 mil).  He was a constant .300 hitter that cranked out a few 40 homer/120 rbi seasons (and actually had better stats the year AFTER his MVP award, yet finished 5th in the balloting).  His 3rd year of the huge contract he missed the entire season due to injury, then was traded to a team that signed him to another 3 year contract (12.1 mil/17.1 mil/17.1 mil).  That player, during his 2nd year of his final contract (age 35), played only 27 games, hit .190 with 3 homers, and never played again.

Will Ryan Howard, a large lefthanded hitting firstbaseman, suffer the same fate as the above mentioned large lefthanded hitting firstbaseman...................Mo Vaughn?

PS.....look up Cecil Fielder's career numbers, and see when his productivity started to flame out....33 (was out of baseball at 34).

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2010 11:06 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Your a idiot, the man only leads baseball every year in rbi's and is up there in homers, strikeouts are a part of his game, but you have to admit you wish you had him. How are your red soxs doing right now (big Papi).

Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2010 10:51 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension-

Good for the Phillies!  That's a great nucleus and it's refreshing to see a team outside of the usual suspects (Yankees, etc.) put together a team like this.  The Phils have pretty much sucked since I started watching baseball in the 80's and every year that they actually seemed like they had some talent and pre-season momentum, they would implode.  Rollins and Utley are my favorite Keystone Combo in baseball these days and Roy Halladay (as most fans know) is pretty phenomenal with only some flukey injuries haunting his past.  Howard brings the power (and K's) but you gotta take the good with the bad and quite frankly, if he has those power numbers and strikes out a hundred times less is it really all that more valuable?  He's a beast and has an underrated glove.  Victorino is pesky and Werth is clutch.  Ibanez is on the down side of his career but I reckon he will have a few big series left in him before he hangs his spikes.  Cole Hamels has been pretty mediocre lately but he was one of the more exciting starting pitchers in the National League a few years ago and as long as he doesn't go Barry Zito on the Phillies I suspect he will return to semi-dominance as well.  And Jamie Moyer!  Gotta love him!  I like guys hanging on and gutting out W's because of the love of the game.  Hell, now all I wish is that the Phillies were my team...I like what Moreno has done with my Angels since he's taken over (he's pretty darn smart) and makes moves at the right time but that team this year is pretty unspectacular (but still good).  I will forgive him for the L.A Angels of Anaheim nonsense from a few years back if he goes out and signs Carl Crawford!  Anyways, good team Philly fans...I hope you take the NL again, and it looks like you will!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2010 10:22 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

rebelball, you're a moron.

Howard never broke his own strikeout record, he only TIED it...and it did while having more AB's than when he set it.  And if you didn't notice (which you didn't), the year he tied it, 3 other people broke it.  And last year, less than his personal record of 199 strikeouts, with his most AB's in a season for his career. 

Know what you're talking about you moron.

Screw the strikeouts....Ryan Howard is the KKKKKKKKing of Swing.

Since: Jun 2, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2010 10:02 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

everyone complains about his ks. id rather him k than hit into a double play. averages 45 hrs 145 rbi so thats pretty good production for a guy who strikesout all the time. and his defense improved so much. great signing phils keep these guys together.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2010 9:32 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Pujols is listed as being 30 years old. Since Howard is also 30, yea I could see them giving him the money, but I would say something like 4 years. I'm still scratching my head at why they gave Howard this deal NOW. He has 2.5 years left on his contract and now 5 more on top. Howard better stay healthy, because that money is GUARANTEED.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2010 9:25 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

With Dominic Brown in the waiting, there probably not going to sign Werth. They could however trade away Raul and than resign Werth I'm up to that idea...but like i said Next year will have Raul LF, Vic CF, and Brown/Ben Francisco RF

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