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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: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2010 5:04 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

I'm sure you will steal Prince Fielder away from the Brewers and ruin the future of another small market team Are you comparing the Brewers to the Phillies as a small market team? The Phillie payroll has been growing in leaps and boundries these last couple of years and I wouldn't be surprised to see them close in on the Yankees within another two years.

The Yankees made a big splash last off season by signing the big 3 free agents but otherwise are a pretty much home grown team. Cano, Jeter, Posada, Pettite, Hughes, Chamberlain, and Rivera are all home grown. Granderson and Vasquez came in trades. A-Rod's already been here 6 years.

The Yankees needed Howard like you need a second a-hole since they've got Texeria and are very satisfied. Just about the only thing on the Phillies that would fit a Yankee need may be Jason Worth in right field in place of Swisher.

Believe me there are folks in Tampa Bay moaning about all the money the Phillies spent compared to their payroll the year the Phillies beat them in the World Series. Losers always find excuses. And you just proved it with your dumb post.

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2010 4:58 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

I find it quite amusing, funny and extremely ironic that a Yankee fan like Debo is on here complaining about how much MLB players get paid...wonder if he was complaining about the money the Yanks spent in the '08-'09 offseason on CC, Burnett and Tex which was the biggest reason why they won the WS last year

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2010 4:06 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

As an acquaintance of mine used to say, "How much is enough?"  I don't disparage the players for making all that money; make it while you can because 1) someday your body will break down and/or 2) the sport will toss you to the curb sooner than you think.  It's really the owners' fault. They keep offering the players these humongous contracts and, of course, the players sign on the bottom line; I would, too.  When will teams go bankrupt paying these outrageous salaries?  When will players say, "I don't need to make THAT much money?"  I don't think it will ever happen.  No one is worth $25,000,000/year.  That's right--NO ONE!

How much is enough?....

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2010 4:03 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Don't make the comparison to teachers and admit while important, many can do their job, and disregard the exceptional teachers that have a talent that few other teachers have.  It absurd to imply that all teachers are the same and should be paid equally.  No, I don't know how much NJ teachers pay for their benefits but I can assume.  

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:57 pm

Good News for Pujols

This is the lowest he'll get from STL. They'll basically give him the same contract plus a year that averages higher.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:53 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Debo... take your socialist views elsewhere... maybe you should cry to the hedge fund managers and traders too while you're at it... they make millions and millions of dollars but wait... they don't give enjoyment and entertainment to millions of fans they just make they foreclose on their homes... go back to Russia you Socialist moron

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:48 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Those strikeout numbers look big, but as a phillies fan who watches every game, i can tell you that he's as clutch as I could have ever asked for come september and the playoffs.  I'll trade his K's for his RBIs any day of the week.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:47 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Its the thinking, that is in response to my post, that ALREADY has our country in a downward spiral, economically. From leadership in wash dc, down. With these same views.  U should be very very proud of yourselves. U fit in with the other 70% of the idiots

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:47 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

And for the record Howard doesn't have the strikeout record, one Mark Reynolds does.  His glove has been insane this year at first.  Keep packing the stadium phillies fans and let the good times roll!!

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:47 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

If the Phillies are a small market team, then I'm Pat Swayze

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