Howard satisfied with arbitration ruling; allowance stays the same

Chalk up a victory for Manchild in the courtroom today, as he took the Phillies to the cleaners in arbitration for ten MEEEEELLLLIIIIOOOONNNNN DOLLLARRRSSSS. I for one am happy for him; the Phillies substantially low-balled him last year in doling out a paltry 900k for his services, all the while he stood firm in believing he was worth more. The popular defense from the Phillies for that 900k was, “well that was the same thing they gave Pujols!” Yeah you tight-fisted bastards, in 2004. With baseball inflation (Barry Zito’s contract…hahahahahah), a good faith move by the Phillies to give him even an even million would’ve been the just thing to do (especially after the guy wins ROY and MVP in back to back years!).

Did he deserve the ten-mil? Based on statistics…yes he did. Everybody’s throwing this “MLB experience” term around like green beer on St. Patty’s day, but ya know what? The dude is 28. He spent 5 years in the minors. He’s paid his due’s, and now its time to get paid. The numbers don’t lie; nobody in baseball the past two years has more RBI’s or home runs. It can be argued he’s the premier first baseman in the majors.

Is a long-term deal in the works for the big fella? I don’t know and frankly I’m not sure if I want a long term deal. Like it or not, Ryan Howard is Phillies property through 2011, at which time he will be 32 years old; which is right around the time guys with his skill set and body type start diminishing. The best thing the Phillies may want to do is hold out on Howard until he’s A) in his 30’s and B) possibly getting a little desperate for long term security.

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4 Responses

  1. All players start their decline when they sign with the Mets.
    Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Carlos Delgado, Pedro Martinez, Victor Zambrano, etc.
    …ok, maybe not all, but many.

  2. Scott Kazmir…oops, I mean..

  3. Johan Santana…?

  4. By the way, I need to take a moment to bitch out the Phillies ownership for not offering him $10 mil to begin with and for dragging out his contract negotiation for no reason. I can’t beleive it. First, Howard is left in the minors for too long. Then the management doesn’t know if he could command $10 million. Give me a break. It’s as if the Phillies owners want to see him have a bad season so they can say, “See I told you so. He won’t be that good!” Phillies management is full of a bunch of intestinal microbes who would rather the Phillies’ hopes DON’T pan out, purely so they can save money.

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