Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has made no secret about his desire to trade or “work around” first baseman Ryan Howard. In addition to teams having to take on the remainder of Howard’s five year, $125 million contract – two years and $50 million remain, with a 2017 club option or $10 million buyout – Howard can block a trade to 21 teams. That, of course, leaves nine teams that Howard could be traded to without his permission.
According to sources, those nine teams are: the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.
Absolutely zero of the teams on the list have a need at 1B/DH and even fewer of those teams would want to commit $60 million to a 35-year-old first baseman in decline. Howard his .223 with 23 home runs, 95 RBIs and 190 strikeouts in 2014.
The Phillies have finally accepted the need to rebuild by shipping Marlon Byrd, Antonion Bastardo and Jimmy Rollins this offseason, but moving Howard will be a much bigger task.Read more... Join the Conversation...