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The future of Cole, Howard, and the NL East

MLB Prospectus   -Special focus on Cole Hamels & the Philadelphia Phillies- *With the Pre-Preview of the Phillies Lineup & the NL East *   Well, we have officially reached a breaking point.  This winter, Cuban phenom defector Yasmany Tomas signed a six-year, $68 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  This high-profile slugger, who is now set to be a National...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard: The Unwanted Man

There are several variations of “the talk.” As a young adult, it may be about when two people love each other very much. As someone who is just graduating from college, it likely pertains to what you are going to do with the rest of your life. As an athlete, though, it’s unlikely to fill a person with hope or inspiration. It’s almost always about an organization moving...
Via The Sports Post
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Curious and Sad Case of Ryan Howard

On an autumn night in 2011, as the St. Louis Cardinals won the deciding game of the NLDS, a cataclysmic moment occurred in the career of Philadelphia Phillies’ slugger Ryan Howard. A city’s hope rested with Howard, his team down by just one run with ace Roy Halladay on the mound, the most-beloved lefty in Philadelphia since Steve Carlton was at the dish with two outs remaining...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The five most overpaid MLB players heading into 2015

There are still several weeks left until Opening Day. And if Major League Baseball is anything like we know it is, a lot can happen between now and then. However, until then, these are the guys that will getting paid way too much heading into the 2015 season. Alex Rodriguez, Third Baseman/Designated Hitter, New York Yankees Contract: 10 years/$275,000,00 2015 base salary: $21...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Amaro: It Would “Probably be Better” for Phillies to Cut Ties With Slugger

There has been plenty of speculation in regards to Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard’s future with the Phillies. Over the weekend, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. himself spoke about Howard on 97.5 The Fanatic. “We talked to Ryan, and I told him that in our situation, it would probably be better for the organization not with him, but without him. With that said,...
Via Phillies Nation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Alert: Will Howard OK a Trade to an AL Club, Phillies GM?

Three weeks ago, the headlines screamed about Ryan Howard‘s blockage of new blood and the Philadelphia Phillies’ problem with that situation. But, now, new insight is basically clear. There will be a published Red Alert and/or Storyline each week. Please, scroll down for this edition of Pinstripe Focus: The Big Question. Welcome, Newcomers: This article represents the...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Don't Expect the Phillies to Release Ryan Howard if Trade Doesn't Happen

View image | Earlier this week, Ryan Howard's no-trade clause details were revealed, as he listed nine teams he would approve a trade to. Unfortunately none of those teams are really in need of a 1B/DH, so the Phillies options to trade the "Big Piece" are limited at best....
Via Philliedelphia
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard will accept trade to nine teams

  Not that any such deal would ever happen, but if the Boston Red Sox were to have trade interest in Ryan Howard, they would be in luck.   The Red Sox are one of only nine teams the Philadelphia Phillies “slugger” can be traded to without his consent,’s Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday, citing a source familiar with Howard’s contract. That means two...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Saturday Phillies Reading: Ryan Howard Should Go, Phillies Winter League Results, 2014 in Review

Another lazy Saturday is upon us, what better time to catch up on some Phillies reading? Here are a few things that caught my eye that may catch yours, too. "Until Howard is Moved, Phillies Rebuild is Stuck" Bob Brookover, Philadelphia Inquirer: Tyrannosaurus Rex, however, remains in the middle of...
Via Philliedelphia
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies offseason update: Ryan Howard edition

This offseason, the Philadelphia Phillies have shown a commitment to disassembling the core of their 2007-2011 run for the first time. One player they’re eager to get rid of is Ryan Howard. After giving him a 5-year, $125 million extension, the Phillies are having a serious case of buyers remorse. In the time since the Phillies spent $125 million on him, Howard has gone from a...
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

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