Don’t Expect Ryan Howard Trade

ESPN’s Buster Olney talked to a "well-placed source," who stated unequivocally that the Phillies will not trade Ryan Howard this winter.  There’s been Howard trade chatter since February, when he set a record with a $10MM first-year arbitration award.  This time around he might get $14-15MM.

Howard, 29 in November, hit .251/.339/.543 in 700 plate appearances this year.  It was a respectable season, ranking tenth among first basemen.  Howard ranked fourth last year.

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