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  • Jan

    The Philadelphia Phillies slugger is seeking a mammoth $18 million contract for the 2009 MLB season. It is the 3rd highest proposed salary submitted by a player in MLB history (Roger Clemens requested $22 million from the Houston Astros in 2005, while Derek Jeter requested $18.5 million from the New York Yankees in 2001 – both players signed contracts before their cases were heard).

    Howard won the home run (48) and RBI (146) crowns during the 2008 MLB season – only his 5th full season in the big leagues. His best year was in 2006 when he won the NL MVP Award – .313 batting average, .392 on-base percentage, 58 home runs, 149 RBI’s, 104 runs scored and 182 hits. In 2007, Howard had a “down year” with “only” 47 home runs, 136 RBI’s and 94 runs scored.

    An arbitration hearing will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks, but Howard and the Phillies can continue to negotiate to try to work out a 1-year deal that is mutually acceptable to each side. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

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