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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: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:44 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

yeah rebelball, cause 45+ HR and 140+ RBI mean squat if you strikeout alot. I hope that's a drunken post and not a sign of your baseball intelligence.

Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:43 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Well if they can't move Ibanez, which would be almost impossible to do right now unless he becomes a DH on Boston or something, Phils won't be able to resign Werth.  Dominic Brown is ready now, and they don't have any room for him.  They will need to move Ibanez or Victorino and preferably Ibanez's bad contract.  They are virtually capped after this move.  I'd love to see Werth here for the next 5 years as well...I just do not see it.  Raul or Shane has to go for that to happen...

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:43 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Don't like that MLB guys are making so much, DON'T GO TO THE GAMES. There is no relation between teacher and athlete pay, they are completely different sectors, with baseball being a PRIVATE enterprise. These arguments are so silly, as long as fans fill the stadium, athletes will be paid, deal with it and quit whining.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:40 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Yeah, but if you Sawx fans would step out of the Yankees shadow and actually watch some other games, you would see that Howard's strikeouts are way down this year and he taking balls to left field and beating the shift.  He is also playing some great defense at 1b.  But I know you are too busy watching opposing teams run wild on your weak armed catchers and boot the ball all over field.  Good luck with that dead weight David Ortiz.
Way to go Ryan, you deserve it!!!  Unlike the Eagles, the Phillies are loyal to thier best players.  Now if they can figure out how to get Jayson werth signed, that would be awesome.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:38 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

What a bitter, bitter point of view. This guy has the talent that few people have, mind you teachers are important but there are many many many that can do their job. So instead of using them as a comparison use this instead, how much do NJ teachers pay for their health benefits? How much does a teacher in any other state pay for theirs? bet I knwo the real answer, yo uwilling to admit it?

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:38 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Figure out how much the Philly city wage tax is on 25 million.  That probably pays a couple of cops salaries own its own.  Don't think the goverment isn't taking their cut of his contract and squandering it on who knows what. 

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:33 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Awesome to hear, while they are laying off teachers in NJ, and possibly NYPD in nyc.  Keep hitting those baseballs, thats sooo important.  I love when people say I wonder how much Mickey Mantle would be worth today. They had to workd in the offseason. - In those days people even respected cops. Go figure. I dont know where society got all f'd up, and THAT CHANGED.
Enjoy ur money Ryan Howard. You, like Jeter, ARod, Manning, Favre, name me anyone (achem achem achem,) deserve it.

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:29 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

True, he is a type of player that only comes along so often, but $25 million dollars a year is a lot of money to be paying a guy that breaks his own strikeout record each year. As a Red Sox fan, I was kind of hoping the Yankees signed him because he would ruin all of their late rallies with a dagger strikeout.

Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:25 pm

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Phillies fans love it...I will speak for all of us.  Howard is the type of player who only comes along so often. 

Eat it Yankees fans...go find yourself another DH.  I'm sure you will steal Prince Fielder away from the Brewers and ruin the future of another small market team...

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