The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the Philadelphia Phillies and Ryan Howard have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 3-year/$54 million contract. Howard had been seeking $18 million in arbitration and the Phillies were offering $14 million.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to see Ryan Howard go against the Mets 19 times per season for the next three years. I wouldn’t call him a Met killer like Pat Burrell was, but he does have numbers that are pretty much on-par for his career against the Mets.
Howard’s career numbers against the Mets are: 243 AB/ .272 AVG/.367 OBP/ .572 SLG/ 21 HR/ 50 RBI.
This is a fair deal for both the Phillies and Howard. He’s certainly one of the elite power hitters in baseball. Looking over his statistics, he’s really solid offensively in all of the splits. The most notable stat is that he really destroys right-handed pitching compared to left, hitting .304 AVG versus .231 AVG right-handed.