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Quote of the Day: Keith Law

Apr 26, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

“If Howard is worth $25 million, Pujols is worth $50 million a year.”

ESPN’s Keith Law on the Ryan Howard extension.

Hyperbole? Sure, but not as much as a lot of folks think.  If I represent Pujols I start the bidding at $35 million, though I’d probably be willing to come down to $30 million.

  1. Josh Fisher - Apr 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Honestly, Ruben Amaro would be well-served going to Howard and Close and saying, “You know that $10MM buyout in 2017? How about we cut that check for you this afternoon and we forget this extension ever happened.”

  2. jwb - Apr 26, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Dan Lozano is drooling.

  3. Ed Blume - Apr 26, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    With Pujols, the Cardinals are World Series contenders. Without him, they aren’t. Howard’s contract may jack up Pujols’ price beyond what the Cardinals can pay and he may leave. And maybe that’s the point … provided the Phillies can afford to eat the back end of Howard’s contract…

  4. Ryan - Apr 26, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Todd Helton approves of this extension.

  5. Spice - Apr 26, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    I really hope Albert get 30 Mill. I really Really hope that it is the Cards that pay him that.
    Then I can stop hearing junk about the Yankees always having the highest paid player.

  6. Jason @ IIATMS - Apr 26, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    There’s “value” and then there’s teams’ ability to pay. How many teams could pay any one player $30m, no matter how good that player is?
    besides the Yanks, that is.

  7. JBerardi - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Howard’s biggest accomplishment as a player might be completely breaking the MLB pay scale at every opportunity. Don’t forget the $10M he got in his first year of arbitration.

  8. MH - Apr 29, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Does anyone respect Howard’s ability as a ballplayer? Rookie of the Year, MVP, 3 Silver Sluggers, 50hr/140rbi AVG….yes, average. Strikeouts decreasing each year, along with his weight. Better defense at first. AND he always has better numbers the second half of the year as the Phils make the stretch drive to the playoffs. Is everyone outside Philadelphia this blind? Or does the rest of the country refuse to ever give Philly any credit? Oh, by the way, they manage to do this on a payroll of $140 mil. Very economical.

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