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Howard homered, doubled and drove in two runs in the Phillies' split-squad win over the Red Sox on Sunday.
Howard is now hitting .241 with two home runs in 29 at-bats this spring. The Phillies would like to trade Howard, but they have been unable to find a match in talks with other clubs due to his large contract and declining production.
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Howard said he lost 15 to 20 pounds by cutting sugar out of his diet this offseason, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Howard has also made adjustments to his batting stance giving him a quicker path to the ball when he swings. He has needed to do something to try to adjust as his OPS has dropped from .931 in 2009 to .690 last season. The Phillies are hoping Howard shows signs of life at the plate this season as they have been unable to find a taker for him in trade talks to this point.
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Howard has been working on adjusting his stance at the plate for the past two or three months, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Howard has seen his production decline significantly in recent seasons. Tinkering with his approach at the plate is a sign that he is aware he needs to adjust to how pitchers are attacking him. Whether the new approach sticks remains to be seen. The Phillies have tried to get Howard to adjust in prior years, but he never felt comfortable with a different approach.
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Manager Ryne Sandberg said the starting first base job is Howard's to lose this spring, CSN Philly reports. "Right now, unless he gets unseated he's the first baseman," Sandberg said.Sandberg's comments echo what GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has previously stated this offseason. The Phillies would still like to trade Howard, but the team has been unable to find a taker thus far. He is owed $60 million through 2016.
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GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Howard will get every opportunity to play and be the Phillies' regular first baseman this season, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Amaro acknowledged that Howard could be unseated if someone takes the job from him during the season. The Phillies have tried to trade Howard this offseason, but have found no takers. They will likely need to let him play regularly the first few months of the season, hoping he gets off to a good start which might entice another club to take a chance on the aging slugger.
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Howard's no trade clause allows him to block potential deals with 20 teams, ESPN.com reports.
The nine teams that Howard can be traded to without his consent are the Angels, Mariners, Orioles, Tigers, Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, Royals and Yankees. The Phillies would like to move Howard this offseason, but it will be tough to do, even if the club picks up most of the guaranteed $60 million left on his contract.
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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.