Skip to content

Report: Phillies “working hard” to trade Ryan Howard

Jul 24, 2014, 7:09 PM EDT

Ryan Howard AP AP

Ryan Howard was benched today and didn’t appear too pleased about his diminished role after the game. While this makes for a potentially uncomfortable situation in the Phillies clubhouse, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the club is “working hard” to trade him.

Of course, Howard’s trade value is essentially nothing at this point, especially after a report yesterday that the Phillies have considered releasing him after the season. With that in mind, Heyman hears that the Phillies would be willing to eat most of the roughly $70 million remaining on his contract, which runs through 2016. Still, the market for him figures to be very limited. He can also block trades to 20 teams, but might welcome a deal given his current situation.

Howard, 34, is batting just .224/.305/.377 over 97 games this season. His .682 OPS is 23rd out of 24 qualified first baseman in MLB. Only Cleveland’s Nick Swisher (.635 OPS) has been worse.

Latest Posts
  1. Brock Holt not cleared to return from concussion

    Sep 18, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT

    brock holt getty Getty Images

    “Good news, but not as good as it could have been.”

  2. Whatever happened to Khalil Greene?

    Sep 18, 2014, 5:38 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.37.31 PM AP

    Khalil Greene was a first round pick compared to Cal Ripken. Then he was a decent and at times excellent Major League shortstop. Then he disappeared.

  3. Even Google is making me depressed about the Braves

    Sep 18, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

    braves logo large

    When you’re mocked by the auto-complete function, you’re pretty much mocked by everything.

  4. Angels scratch Jered Weaver from start after winning division

    Sep 18, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver AP AP

    Wade LeBlanc is taking his place, but don’t worry.

  5. Diamondbacks shut down Oliver Perez with “dead arm”

    Sep 18, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez, Mike Harkey AP

    Perez had a sub-2.00 ERA before recent problems.

  6. The A’s nightmare continues

    Sep 18, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT

    a's logo

    It’s like it’s happening in slow motion and every A’s fan is yelling “nnnnnoooooooo!”

  7. Nationals claim Twins’ Opening Day shortstop off waivers

    Sep 18, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Pedro Florimon AP AP

    Pedro Florimon is not a starting-caliber shortstop because he can’t hit, but his defense is good enough to make him a decent utility man at age 27.

  8. Somehow, it keeps getting worse for the A’s

    Sep 18, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Sean Doolittle Sean Doolittle

    The only thing more painful than hitting rock bottom is thinking you’ve hit it, only to find out there’s still more room to sink.

  9. Ron Washington claims he resigned because he cheated on his wife

    Sep 18, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

    ron washington getty Getty Images

    Ron Washington asked for forgiveness. He also raised more questions than he answered.

  10. Steve Pearce is the Orioles’ best hitter and they got him for nothing

    Sep 18, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    Steve Pearce AP AP

    Among all American League hitters with at least 350 plate appearances this season Pearce ranks ranks fourth in OPS, behind only Mike Trout, Jose Abreu, and Victor Martinez.

  11. Blue Jays GM dances around question about manager John Gibbons’ job status

    Sep 18, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

    John Gibbons AP

    “You support them until you don’t support them.”

  12. HBT Daily: How did the Angels do it?

    Sep 18, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

    HBT Daily Logo

    The Angels won their division in spite of all of those big free agent signings, not because of them.

  13. Rangers likely to decline 2015 option on Alex Rios

    Sep 18, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    Alex Rios Alex Rios

    After a strong first half Alex Rios has been injured and ineffective in the second half.

  14. Baseball is dying, you guys

    Sep 18, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

    jeter-reuiters Reuters

    There will be no more famous players.

  15. The Oakland A’s Triple-A team will be the Nashville Sounds

    Sep 18, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

    a's logo

    The game of minor league musical chairs continues.

  16. Colby Rasmus opens up about, well, everything

    Sep 18, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    colby rasmus getty Getty Images

    A revealing interview of a pretty complicated dude.

  17. Ron Washington to make a statement about his resignation today

    Sep 18, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

    ron washington getty Getty Images

    It was sudden and unexpected. Today, presumably, Ron Washington’s resignation will be explained.

  18. Even if you’re tired of Jeter tributes you gotta watch this one

    Sep 18, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

    Jeter Respect AP

    Because it shows us what Jeter means to real fans. It doesn’t tell us all what we’re supposed to feel.

Featured video

Angels' 2011 overhaul finally paying off?
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Stanton (3975)
  2. R. Castillo (3343)
  3. A. Rizzo (2621)
  4. A. Pujols (2217)
  5. H. Ryu (2165)
  1. E. Gattis (2135)
  2. J. Hamilton (1989)
  3. C. Davis (1971)
  4. M. Trout (1951)
  5. B. Belt (1937)