Howard has a $23-million club option for 2017, but is owed $25 million in each of the next two seasons leading up to that point. He also has a $10-million buyout. If a deal is made, the Phillies would need to eat some of his salary.
After winning the 2006 National League MVP, Howard’s numbers have dropped.In that MVP season he hit 58 home runs and 149 RBI’s while slashing .313/.425/.659. However, in 2014 he only managed to hit 23 home runs and only owned a .310 OBP. He has struggled with multiple injuries that limited him to under 100 games during the 2012 and 2013 season.
Byrd has been very productive after an awful 2012…
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