Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
1 month ago

The Phillies announced Thursday that they have declined the 2017 team option on Howard's contract, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports, and he is now a free agent.

EDGE Analysis

Howard hit 25 home runs in 2016 for the seventh time in his career, but he also hit just .196 and would have been due $23 million had the Phillies picked up his option, so there was not much of a decision for them to make. Howard has not announced any intention to hang up the cleats, so he will likely look for a job elsewhere. At this stage of his career, however, he is likely looking at a reserve job wherever he lands.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
2 months ago

Howard went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger took Bartolo Colon deep in the fifth for his 25th bomb of the season, the third consecutive year in which he's eclipsed the 20-homer mark. Howard has hit safely in three of his last four games, giving him a chance to finish the season above the Mendoza Line if he's in the lineup Sunday for the final contest of 2016.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
2 months ago

Howard will not be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Howard started five of the last six games at first base and is expected to start all three of the Phillies' final three games this season, so manager Pete Mackanin decided to give him a day to rest Thursday. Tommy Joseph will man first base for the Phillies in Howard's place.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
2 months ago

Howard went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo homer and four RBI in Tuesday's game against the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran has had a season to forget in what may be the final campaign of a great career. However, despite Howard's career-worst .196 batting average, he's now managed to hit 24 homers in 2016, the most he's hammered in a campaign since 2011. Furthermore, the first baseman's 56 RBI total in second-most over his last five seasons (in fairness, he only played half a season in 2012 and 2013 due to injury). Howard's disappointing season can mainly be attributed to his abysmal first-half performance, as he's been significantly better-- and even fantasy-relevant -- since the break.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
2 months ago

Howard went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

Howard has homered in three of his last five games. The two-hit game pushed his average up to .196, giving him a chance to cross the Mendoza Line before the season ends. Despite the poor batting average, Howard has been somewhat productive this year with 24 home runs and a .453 slugging percentage in 316 at-bats.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
3 months ago

Manager Pete Mackanin said Howard will play a lot over the Phillies' final nine games of the season, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

EDGE Analysis

Howard returned to the starting lineup Thursday after missing a few games with a sore knee. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and his 23rd home run of the season. He's now hit .272/.344/.642 with nine home runs since the beginning of August.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
3 months ago

Howard (knee) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Mets, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Howard was held out of the lineup four consecutive games due to some issues with his knee, but it seems the extra days off have gotten the slugger back on track to finish out the season. Howard will take over at first base and is expected to get a good number of starts there as the Phillies give him a nice sendoff for all the years he spent with the team.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
3 months ago

Howard (knee) will be held out of the lineup Wednesday, but is available to pinch hit, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Some reports cropped up that Howard may not be injured anymore, but manager Pete Mackanin seems content with keeping him on the bench for the time being so that the slugger's knee doesn't flare up and spoil his last hurrah in Philadelphia. Howard could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday when the Phillies face right-hander Seth Lugo and the Mets, but in the meantime, Tommy Joseph will continue to see starts at first base.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
3 months ago

Howard (knee) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Howard had told reporters that he was aiming for a Tuesday return, but evidently the knee is still presenting issues as Tommy Joseph is slated to start at first base again for Philadelphia. Regardless, Howard seems confident that he will be able to return at some point soon as he looks to finish his farewell tour with the club on a high note.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
3 months ago

Howard, who is day-to-day with a left knee injury, told reporters he could be ready to play by Tuesday, Stephen Gross of the Philadelphia Morning Call reports.

EDGE Analysis

Howard was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup, and was once again held out in Sunday's series finale. The team had a day off on the schedule Monday, and the veteran first baseman is optimistic that will give him enough rest to be ready to return Tuesday. Until then, Tommy Joseph should see regular starts at first base.