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GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Howard's salary will not restrict manager Ryne Sandberg from platooning or benching the first baseman next season if another player on the roster is earning a shot at more playing time, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Phillies are still looking to deal Howard this offseason, but his massive salary makes it very difficult. Things will be complicated next May if Howard is still with the Phils as he will obtain 10 and 5 rights, which grants him full no trade protection. Darin Ruf, Maikel Franco and Cody Asche could all have an opportunity to carve out some playing time at Howard's expense next season if the one-time MVP continues his offensive decline.

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The Royals have had internal discussions about trading for Howard, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

The Royals have an opening at DH with Billy Butler now a free agent. The Phillies would have to eat most of the remaining $60 million on Howard's contract to move him in any deal.

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The Phillies are actively looking to trade Howard, CSN Philly reports.

It was reported during the season that the Phillies would try to trade Howard, so this news comes as no surprise. The team is reportedly willing to eat a huge portion of the $60 million remaining on Howard's contract in order to move him. He's coming off a season where he .223/.310/.380 with 23 home runs in 569 at-bats.

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Howard struck out four times Thursday, extending his major league record of four-strikeout games to 25, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

That's a lot of golden sombreros for Howard. He has a major league-leading 188 strikeouts this season and has hit just .172 with 30 strikeouts in September. The Phillies have said they would like to trade Howard this offseason, but it is hard to imagine any teams showing much interest in the former MVP.

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Howard (.223/.311/.378) hit his 22nd homer of the year against Jon Lester and the Athletics on Friday night, as he went 1-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI.

The Howard home run (410 feet) was the only run that the Athletics gave up on the night, and while Howard is no longer in his prime he does offer power at the expense of batting average. Although the season is almost over, Howard has a shot of reaching 100 RBI on the year.

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Howard is out of the lineup Thursday against the Padres, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

With a lefty on the mound and the Phillies and Padres getting together for the final game of the series, Howard will receive his second straight day of rest. Darin Ruf again gets the nod at first base.

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Howard is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports.

Howard will give way to Darin Ruf at first base with a lefty (Eric Stults) on the hill for San Diego. The Padres are trotting out another lefty in Robbie Erlin on Thursday, so Howard could end up getting a two-day break, but he should play close to everyday over the remainder of this season and next season as well.

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Howard is out of the lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

With lefty Brad Hand on the hill for Miami, Howard will head to the bench in favor of Maikel Franco at first base. While Franco may steal occasional starts over the remainder of the season, he'll likely play primarily at third. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has already said he expects Howard to be the club's regular first baseman again in 2015.

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Howard is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Howard has made nine starts in a row at first base for the Phillies, but will take a seat in favor of Darin Ruf on Sunday. With lefty Gio Gonzalez on the hill for the Nationals, manager Ryne Sandberg likely wanted to get as many right-handed bats in his lineup as possible. Howard has collected 11 hits in his past 10 games, but is batting just .226/.310/.385 on the season.

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Howard was 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in the Phillies' win over Washington on Friday night.

He has struggled this year, hitting just .225, but he now has 21 long ones to go with an impressive 89 RBI. The Phillies have been emphatic in saying he will remain their regular first baseman down the stretch, despite the recent arrival of top prospect Mikael Franco, and production like this should reinforce that decision. Franco played third base in this one and collected one hit in five trips.