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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 27, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2010 8:52 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

I don't think Ryan Howard is worth 25m per year. He K's way too much and isn't that great defensively. Besides the fact that he's 31 years old. I'm thinking that in year 4 and 5, he definitely won't be worth that. Not even close!!

Just my opinion though.  

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2010 8:26 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

averaging almost 1 rbi a game every year, and he ruins late rallies??? Red Sox had one other player besides Bay worthy of even getting near Howards status in a conversation and that is reaching, yes Howard strikes out...and a lot. But last year the Sox had 2 guys bat over .300 and that is a only by a few points, you also had only 2 guys over 100 RBI's with one barely... Howard had what 40-50 more RBI's then your 1B, and 20 HR's...Leaving chance aside statiscially YOU JUST PUT YOUR FOOT IN DA MOUTH!!! Quit hating

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2010 7:47 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Seriously?  The guy has hit more homeruns in the past 5 then anyone else, been to two straight World Series, was an MVP.  What a terrible post, and what are you doing with an Indiana logo and a Red Sox fan.  Red Sox fans are truly worse then Yankee fans, at least they have 27 World Series victories

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2010 6:37 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Hey debo, Mr. Reputation: 98 Level: Superstar,
You are obviously a sports FAN, otherwise you probably wouldn't be a member here, trolling the board. Take a break from your hatin' for a minute. YOU and I - who go to the games, who subscribe to cable to watch the games on TV, and who buy the products endorsed by professional athletes - are the ones paying the huge salaries. It's not our tax dollars at work, it's not Congress who writes the contracts, and it's not part of an economic Stimulus Package.
You need to turn off the TV, closeout your membership on this site, and go coach kids if you truly enjoy sports.

Go Phils! Let's lock up Jason Werth and re-aquire Cliff Lee now!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2010 6:27 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

I love Howard but i think thats a little to much for a guy who cant hit a left handed pitcher to save his life. I dont think he's worth that kind of scratch. Now that philly has splurged on Howard they aren't going to be able to resign  Jayson Werth.

Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2010 6:12 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Breaks his own strikeout record each year?  Um, that's Mark Reynolds.

Think before you type.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2010 5:43 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

debo, for every top-flight "ryan howard" quality teacher in new jersey who deserves more money, there's about 50 steve jeltzes who are overpaid...

Since: Mar 27, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2010 5:31 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

We can't let Victorino go. As much as I love Jayson Werth, we have a lot of power. It is nice to have that extra speed in the bottom of the lineup, but I think Shane is one of those guys that just kind of makes us go. Like Rollins, his numbers aren't off the board but our lineup is so much better with him. And he is so much fun to watch too. As great as Ibanez has played in stretches for us (esp. last spring), we have all the power we need so we're going to have to figure out some way to dump him. Anything. Maybe trade him to the Twins to replace Delmon Young when they get rid of him.

Since: Mar 27, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2010 5:28 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

I'm not going to complain, the only thing is that we gave him so much. I love Howard but couldn't we have saved just some of that cash for Werth or Rollins in the next couple years? Whatever, I think it's good, we need him in the middle of the lineup and we'll figure out some way to re-sign J-Roll and Jayson.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2010 5:05 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

I love how Phillies fan bash the Yankees... I think the Phillies should have either waited on Pujols or traded him for Pujols and dished this money out to Pujols... as his K's are down... his BB's are as well... the past couple years he can't hit lefties...he can beat the shift, but if he doesn't improve in hitting lefties and doesn't BB a little more while he K's less there will be issues.  He started off great and it seemed that it didn't matter with what BB or K's he would have and he has cooled off... I'm banking he will have another couple good years and fans won't realize what the team paid for.  I think he deserved the money, he helped them win it all... but for a guy who is getting worse against lefties (as hard as that is to believe) 25 mill a year isn't really what I would want to dish out for...

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