Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Yankees Named As One of Five Potential Landing Spots for Ryan Howard

I was reading the USA Today yesterday morning and I clicked on a link titled “five potential landing spots for Ryan Howard” simply because I had a feeling the Yankees were going to be on the list. Low and behold New York was on the list along with the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Here is the write up from the article concerning the Yankees:

3. New York Yankees
It sounds ridiculous, but the Yankees have: A) Plenty of bad contracts they could deal, B) A park that seems perfectly catered to Howard’s strengths, C) No clear limit on how much they’re willing to spend to stay competitive and D) An apparent fondness for aging former stars. First baseman Mark Teixeira’s signed through the end of 2016, but he, like Howard, has been injured and ineffective in recent seasons. The Yanks could get creative with a mix of Howard, Teixeira and Carlos Beltran in the DH spot, and hope time away from first base helps Howard stay healthy enough to mash again.

Howard is owed roughly $60 million in salary for the remainder of his contract that runs through 2016 including a $10 million buyout for the 2017 season. If the Phillies want to move him they are going to have to eat a huge chunk of that salary after lower body injuries has diminished his power, speed, and defense in recent years. Philadelphia is also venturing out into a market flooded with DH type players in Mike Morse, Victor Martinez, Billy Butler, Kendrys Morales, Nelson Cruz, Delmon Young, Corey Hart, and Evan Gattis.

I would take a free Ryan Howard but that’s about the extent of it. Pass. 

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