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Phillies sign Howard to 5-year extension

Posted on: April 26, 2010 3:15 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2010 6:32 pm
The Phillies have Roy Halladay signed through 2013. They have Chase Utley signed through 2013.

And now they have Ryan Howard signed through 2016, after finalizing a five-year, $125 million contract extension today.

If you're going to start a baseball team, that's a pretty good place to start. They have the best starting pitcher in the game, a second baseman who is one of the four or five best overall players in the game, and a first baseman/cleanup hitter whose power matches up with anyone's.


Well, since the start of the 2006 season, Howard has 201 home runs. No one else in baseball has hit as many. No one else is really close.

Albert Pujols is second -- 29 home runs behind Howard.

Is Howard as good as Pujols? No, but that's not the point.

Put him together with Halladay and Utley, and you have the makings of a championship contender for years to come. Add in Jimmy Rollins, who for now is signed through 2011, and Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz and the rest of the Phillies, and you have a team that has been to the World Series the last two years, winning it once, and has done everything to make sure this group has more chances to get there -- and win -- in the future.

In the Phillies camp report this spring, the Phillies talked about that plan, and pitcher Cole Hamels said the Phillies wanted "to become that dynasty team that we could be destined to be."

Even at that point, the Phillies had every significant player but one (right fielder Jayson Werth) signed at least through the end of next season. But at that point, there was still a very real question of how long past that this group could stay together.

Howard was the biggest part of that question. His contract history with the Phillies wasn't smooth. After Howard won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2005, the Phillies renewed his contract for $355,000. Howard was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 2006, but the Phillies renewed him again for $900,000 that winter.

Howard took the Phillies to arbitration after the 2007 season, winning a $10 million contract for 2008. His current three-year, $54 million deal, signed in February 2009, bought out arbitration years, but not any free-agent years.

Until now, he hadn't committed to stay in Philadelphia any longer than baseball rules would have kept him there.

Now he's signed through 2016, with a 2017 option that could bring the total value of the deal to $138 million.

Howard was already making $19 million this year, and he was already signed for $20 million for 2011. The new contract keeps him at $20 million for two more years (he'll make $25 million for the three seasons after that), so it doesn't put a great strain on the Phillies' budget, or greatly affect their ability to keep the rest of the team together.

In any case, the Phillies are perfectly comfortable building their future around Halladay, Utley, Howard and Rollins. They like the group they have assembled around those four -- they gave three-year contracts to Victorino, Ruiz, Placido Polanco and Joe Blanton over the winter -- but the key has always been to keep those four. As good a player as Werth has become, the Phillies believe that if they can't get him signed, they can find a way to replace him.

Howard would have been much harder to replace. He has hit 45 or more home runs each of the last four seasons, with at least 136 RBIs each year, and power hitters like that just aren't available.

The Phillies like what they have. They want to keep this group together.

Signing Howard is another huge step towards making it happen.
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