You heard it from CSN’s Jim Salisbury first:
The Phillies have signed first baseman Ryan Howard to a five-year, $125 million contract extension, a person close to Howard has told Phillies insider Jim Salisbury. The extension will kick in starting in 2012 and will go through 2016.
Howard is 30-years old and in the prime of his career. After cutting about 40 pounds from his 2008 form and drastically improving his defense and speed, Howard deserved to be a Phillie for practically his entire career.
In total, Howard will make $18 million this year and next, $20 in 2012 and 2013, and $25 in 2014-2016. There is also an option for $23 million in 2017 or a $10 million buy-out.
“We wanted to keep Ryan,” Ruben Amaro said. “He’s definitely committed. He’s been trying to improve his game since he got to the big leagues. We’re happy we have him.”
With 222 homers, 650 RBIs, a Rookie of the Year, NL MVP, and World Series ring in his repertoire, Howard is easily one of the elite hitters in the game.
Signing the deal now for the Phillies was smart seeing as Albert Pujols will be a free agent and could inspire Howard to ask for his kind of money.
Way to go Big Brown. Well deserved money right there. This almost spells doom for Jayson Werth, who could be very well traded at the deadline for either a top pitcher or a bunch of prospects.
“We wanted to keep Ryan,” Amaro said. “He’s definitely committed. He’s been trying to improve his game since he got to the big leagues. We’re happy we have him.”