A Take on the Ryan Howard Contract

Apr 29, 2010

By Dave Marshall, PokerJunkie.com

 

The Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the week signed first baseman Ryan Howard to five-year contract extension that will keep him in a Phillies uniform until 2016 with a club option for 2017. The deal will net Howard a hefty $125 Million payday.

 

Scott Van Pelt talked to Rob Neyer on Wednesday about the players that they would take and sign to a long term deal over Howard. The obvious names such as Albert Pujols were being thrown around, but the two ended up with a list of over 25 names that they would sign over Howard.

 

I don’t know if these guys are paying close attention but they are talking about a player that has hit at least 45 home runs and drove in at least 136 runs the last four years in a row. There are only three other players in history that have done that in Babe Ruth, Sammy Sosa, and Ken Griffey, Jr.

 

Naturally, the big knock on him is his defense and his high strikeout totals. While they are cause for concern, Howard is a player that every manager in the NL has to coach around whenever they face the Phillies. In addition, the Phillies have been to back-to-back World Series’. They won it all in 2008 and Howard is a big part of that team. Baseball isn’t like a free poker game where you have a new winner every time. It takes strong teams to win and when you have something that works, don’t mess with it. Howard fits in the Phillies puzzle and they hope to have him as a big piece of that puzzle for a long time to come.

 

For those that thing the contract is too big, or too much money, think about your favorite player that after a few years got traded or left during free agency and wound up with a new club. Ryan Howard is now poised to potentially play his entire career with the Phillies. That is good for not only the Phillies franchise, but good for Major League Baseball as a whole.



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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Ralph
    April 30th, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Naturally, the big knock on him is his defense and his high strikeout totals.
    Actually, no, those are straw-man arguments.
    Strikeouts aren’t THAT big a deal for power hitters, although they certainly aren’t a positive. And a better way to think of his defense isn’t that he isn’t a great first baseman but rather, that he’s a first baseman in the first place (and therefore must be compared to replacement-level first basemen rather than, say, replacement level second basemen, thus limiting his value).
    The real knocks are that 1) he’s not productive enough of a player when better measures of player productivity are used (WAR, VORP, rather than AR BEE EYES) to justify that kind of contract, and 2) he’s big and not that young, and likely (historically speaking) to become dramatically less productive over the life of the contract.

  2. LestersLegends
    April 30th, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I just don’t see what the rush to make the deal. He still had time on his existing contract.

    I like the commitment because they are a different team without him, and he’s a great character person, but why the rush?

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