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Jayson Werth Signs 2Y/$10M Deal

CSN Philly reports the Phillies have signed outfielder Jayson Werth to a multi-year deal. Jon Heyman reports it’s a 2Y/$10M deal. Werth will earn $3M in 2009 and $7M in 2010. The Phillies have avoided arbitration with Werth; only Chad Durbin and Ryan Howard remain.

Werth had asked the Phillies for $4M in arbitration, and the Phillies originally offered $3M.

Thoughts: That almost seems too much for Werth, especially that second year. Werth improved tremendously on his career numbers in 2008, but he remains an injury risk, and still can improve on hitting right-handed pitching. Still, I like that it’s a two-year deal, as the Phils have locked in through arbitration. Werth will, however, seek a big free agent deal if he performs well, and I don’t know if the Phils would want to give him that in 2011.

67 Comments

67 Comments

  1. Griffin

    January 21, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I love this dude. Good for you, Werth.

  2. Geoff

    January 21, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Yes..goooooood. Excellent work. Im curious about the years and the dollar figures on this one because he has really significant potential value with his run production and defensive ability.

  3. Richie

    January 21, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Another good job, Ruben! Given that it is a multi year deal, I’m sure he didn’t break the bank for him. Note that this guy prior to injury-ridden seasons with LA was a highly-coveted prospect running through their system. Good stuff, 5 tool player, no doubt.

  4. Don M

    January 21, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I’m guessing its something like a $3.5 M this year, $5 M next year, $6 M in the 3rd year = $14.5 M

    Only because I think he could get much more on the FA market next season.. eiter way this should be a good deal all around.

    Is it def 3 years, or is that just our educated guess based on the fact that the Phillies have a hard-on for 3 year deals??

  5. Manny

    January 21, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Excellent news.

    I’m predicting 3/11M. Another great signing by Amaro Jr. Anything below 12M would be great, actually.

  6. Ed

    January 21, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Depending on what these numbers are, I have to say that Ruben has really earned his stripes in his handling of this arbitration stuff. I really did not think that he really did anything awe inspiring with his signings in the off season but that was clearly by design to try and save money so he could ink the Hamels, Madson and Werth’s to longer deals. Excellent job. I hope during the season they work out a long term deal with Victorino. ANd I hope it is more than 3 years…at this point it seems like half the team will be a FA in 3 years.

  7. Justin

    January 21, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Its a 2 year 9 mill deal. MLB Trade rumor had the quote from Scout.com. Didn’t say anything about any options for a 3rd or possibly 4th year.

  8. Brett

    January 21, 2009 at 11:51 am

    It’s a shame it isn’t a longer deal. I’d like to hold onto him through his prime for at least three years. It’s be nice to see him on the 100 Greatest Phils list a couple years from now.

  9. pb

    January 21, 2009 at 11:55 am

    from MLBTR

    “Scout.com’s Chuck Hixon has a source saying it’s a two-year deal worth around $9MM”

  10. Bruce

    January 21, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I’m extremely leary of a multi-year (3 or 4 yrs??) contract for a player who has never played a FULL season due to injuries/inconsistent hitting. He has finally stayed healthy long enough to accumulate 400 ABs (418) last season. He still has his problems with righthanded pitching (.255 BA last season; .251 for his career). so everyone here is fine with his multi-yr contract and possibly $12 million?

  11. Mike B.

    January 21, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Overall, I think 2 y/9 M sounds about right. I do agree with you Brett in the sense that it is a shame that it’s not a longer deal, but at the same time, we’re not sure if he can start a full season. This way we’re not saddled with him if he can’t or if he gets hurt. Obviously if he excels this year, you have to consider offering him a new contract.

    It does seem like a lot of the team will be free agents in a couple of years, but that’s then – we’ve got a lot of pieces who we want to see perform over the next year or two before we sign them all to further extensions. Until then, we’ve got them, so let’s run with them.

  12. Tim Malcolm

    January 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    If it’s two and $9M, it’s a pretty good deal.

  13. Griffin

    January 21, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I agree that Werth at 3 or 4 years is risky because he has had trouble staying healthy. But Werth for two years $9 million is a good deal.

  14. Geoff

    January 21, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Wow thats a good cheap signing, great signing actually. wouldve likes a 3rd year but theyll be back around to negotiate an extension after next season anyway.

  15. NJ

    January 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    It’s amazing how the perception of Amaro is changing to be positive now, wouldn’t have happened if he was more active in FA but the boo birds dont think that way…

  16. Griffin

    January 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Amaro did a poor job with the Ibanez signing but has done a good job with the arbitration-eligible signings.

  17. Richie Allen

    January 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I wasnt too crazy about the way Amaro brought in Ibanez for $30 mil,and didnt offer Burrell a contract(if thats true).And then again maybe Ibanez will be better for us,who can tell.
    But on these dealings with our own players,so far its been very good.And I’m an honorary boo bird myself.

  18. NJ

    January 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    The problem was Ibanez was always going to set the market for corner outfielders, if we’d re-signed Burrell then it would have been for a hell of a lot more than the Rays are paying unless you would have preferred Bobby or Dunn.

    Give Proferock (might have mispelt) his dues here, he’s performing his duties as good as anyone right now.

  19. Geoff

    January 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    hes done a nice job so far. hes not done yet though, this guy is very slick. i sense that hes fed up with ryan howard and is trying to trade him, which could take until july but still.

  20. NJ

    January 21, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Getting off subject but comparing Tex to Howard- Tex got paid because he plays the game to get paid, Howard wants to get paid to play the game and that’s his ethos.

  21. Jason B.

    January 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Hey Nj, nice usage of the word ethos. Must have taken a philosophy class or two. I like the fact that we have kept WErth for 2 more seasons, but I think he got paid a little too much. 10 mil over two seasons is too much, but hopefully he earns it. AS far as trading Howard, I would be all for it, provided we get ample compensation in return. However, just like Abreu and Thome, addition by subtraction in the arena of salaries may open up the option of keeping Shane and Fat Joe longer than the 1 yr deals they are both signed to while still having wiggle room to make a major offseason pick up next year.

  22. Jason B.

    January 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Hell, if Ryno is asking 18 mil this season, and gets it, if he hits 45 hr and 125 rbi’s next season, he could easily be in the tier of 20 mil+ players and for the sake of my season ticket price, I don’t want anyone who costs that much.

  23. Doug

    January 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    This signing is great news. Jayson is starting to realize his 5-tool talent, and he plays the game the right way. Once again, management has generated a lot of goodwill with a player that everyone else gave up on. Rueben and Scott are doing a great job of keeping this core of winners together for a run at multiple WS titles…Next up is signing Durbin, which shouldn’t be difficult when you consider the two sides are only $600K apart…There will probably be a hearing for Rhyno. I would not be surprised to see him lose this battle this year. That’s the way he wants it, that’s the way he gets it.

  24. justin

    January 21, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    this is a great move. this locks him up for 2 years and im guessing ruben is hoping that one of the young minor league guys will step up and fill his stop in 2011.

  25. Jason B.

    January 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Doug… Full Metal Jacket reference… Awesome. ASking for 18 mil a year? What we have here is a failure to communicate!

  26. the rookie

    January 21, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Both of those movie quotes would happen to be from Cool Hand Luke. The second quote I preach constantly at my place of employment.

  27. Manny

    January 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    justin: Exactly what I thought. In 2 years one of the minor league guys could step up… so 2 yrs make a lot sense –despite the fact that I was pulling for 3yrs or more.

  28. shag beta sigma delta

    January 21, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    First off this is a great deal not too pricey and you lock him up for two years. secondly Howard is not getting traded for at least two years he has two years left of arb I think and he will go this year and next both parties know this and then maybe trade him before he becomes a FA but you never know what back to back WS titles may do to him, maybe want to stay longer.
    And way off the subject, if we could have signed Pat the bat for what Tampa gave him I don’t understand why you don’t make that deal, I heard he was asking for 4 or 5 years at 8-10 mil per. What Tampa pay him 2 years 16 million right. That would have been fair in my mind anyone privey to why Phillies did not offer him that.
    Any way I love this site and think phillies have a great chance to repeat if their bullpen plays anywhere near what they did last year. Any word on Chace’s rehab?

  29. NJ

    January 21, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Because 16/2 wasn’t going to happen for Burrell until his options narrowed. Once a guys on the open market your hometown discounts gone until his agent crawls back.

  30. Don M

    January 21, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    If in two years we want to move Werth instead of Ibanez, i’ll be surprised… not that I don’t think Ibanez is going to put up big numbers, I think he’s going to be around the 90 RBI mark depending on where he hits in the order. But an OF of Werth, Victorino, and Taylor/Brown in LF would be way better defensively, and I think that Werth’s power numbers are going nowhere but UP in the next few years

    Ibanez will be a veteran guy, that you could move to the AL as a DH/1B, and maybe even land something in return for him…. That is way down the line though, cause Howard will probably be leaving here around that time and Ibanez in that 3rd year could maybe buy you time at 1B here.

  31. Joe Durbin

    January 21, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Chad just texted me telling me thay agreed with Philly on a contract.
    I do not have any details other than they have agreed.

    Go Phils

  32. Keith

    January 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Nice job by Amaro. I think Werth has even more to offer over last year.

  33. BrianD

    January 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I hope Werth earns that $7 mil in 2010. As for Howard… Isn’t he a premiere player that A) was Rookie of the Year, B) MVP, C) 2nd to the best hitter in the game in MVP voting? I want to see D, E, F, G etc in a Philly uniform. Give him his money now!

  34. Griffin

    January 21, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    sweet, good for Chad-he deserves a nice raise for ’09. So that only leaves Howard….

  35. Manny

    January 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Joe, thank you very much for the update! We hope it’s a great deal for Chad and the Phillies. We appreciate you taking the time to keep us posted!

  36. nick

    January 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillies_zone/

    The Inquirer has learned that the Phillies have reached an agreement with righthander Chad Durbin on a one-year, $1.635 million contract.

  37. JohnKruksLoveChild

    January 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I’m sort of blown away at how well arb has gone, so far it’s met or exceeded all expectations. Kind of a bummer that Werth didn’t come into his own until 2008, otherwise we might have avoided signing Jenkins, who is a giant bench turd at this point. After that 8 RBI game, it was clear Jayson was something special, glad we locked him in.

    Only the biggest mountain remains, The Big Man himself.

  38. Manny

    January 21, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I wasn’t too far off my 1yr/1.7M prediction… Great deal for both sides! Durbin was great, especially during the first half of ’08… I hope he can repeat this ’09.

  39. Joe Durbin

    January 21, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    He said it does not matter that it is a one year deal, because they have the rights to him for the next year too, and if a better year happens.

  40. dan

    January 21, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    amaro just keeps knockin em out

  41. Manny

    January 21, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I think that there’s a lot of goodwill with our players, especially after the Hamels deal, which became a trendsetter. Too bad Howard isn’t joining in… definitely not digging the vibe.

  42. Geoff

    January 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Howards not inon all of this goodwill I agree, I think they told him hes out of here if they can find a trade partner.

  43. Tim Malcolm

    January 21, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks Joe. Good deal for Chad – I believe that was the price he was hoping for.

  44. Don M

    January 21, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I really don’t understand the notion that Howard is “at fault” or hurting team chemistry by asking for $18 M …

    I think we all agree that is way too much to pay a player, but when he looks up and sees the players that make more than he does, he’s got a very valid arguement in that if Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, Andruw Jones etc.. make $18 M… then he should make AT LEAST that.

    Now, I personally don’t think those guys are worth that much, or that Teixira is worth $22.5 M…. but why is everyone all bent out of shape and saying he should be traded for ASKING for $18 M..

    you guys are nuts sometimes, go back and look at some game highlights and check out some of the games down the stretch… then you tell me again that you want Howard gone and Adam Dunn or some scrub playing 1b

  45. Geoff

    January 21, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    not adam dunn or some scrub, but not howard either…no more strikeout machines….(which would rule dunn out too)

  46. Manny

    January 21, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Don: The thing is… that argument (Torii Hunter, Wells, etc making millions) shouldn’t even be valid. Those teams got shafted for making stupid decisions… Since when does one team (the Phillies in this case) have to be penalized because other teams made stupid decisions?

  47. Griffin

    January 21, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Those other guys make more money than Howard, because they were FREE AGENTS. Howard is still in the arbitration process and is shattering records for how much he’s asking/receiving.
    If Howard makes $18 million this year, he’ll ask for $24 mil next year and will ask for $30 mil on the free agent market.
    That’s why comparing Howard’s asking price in arbitration to how much free agents make is comparing apples to oranges.

  48. Don M

    January 21, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    That is why there is arbitration, so that players who aren’t yet Free Agents can be compensated and paid fairly.. I don’t think that Howard will win the $18 M, I think he’ll WIN $14 M instead when the case goes to the Phillies.

    I think it takes some balls to ask for that much money when you hit .250 and strikeout 200 times a season, and league the league in errors at your position… But if you also lead the league in HRs and RBIs, and carry your team when the games matter most.. ask for whatever you want.. and if you get it, i’ll be shocked… but I won’t be mad

    The player I thought would be good would be a James Loney.. somebody that hits for a nice average and can drive in runs. Well we added Raul Ibanez who does those things from a position we needed fill anyway, and people didn’t seem to like that move.. Its the realization that people on here will NEVER be satisfied, and will always find something to bitch about. I want to see Howard in Phillies pinstripes until it just doesn’t make sense to keep him any more… which to me, would be right before you lose him as a Free Agent.. until then, he’ll get paid what he deserves thanks to the arbitration process

  49. Geoff

    January 21, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Right, but thats also why howard is out of line. Should other taems have to pay oliver perez more money because carlos silva stole 11m a year from seattle? NO…liekwise, the phillies should not validate comparisons to A-Rods contract. If they continue to press the phillies on this and they are forced to go to arb AGAIN like it appears, I think its ok for Ruben to wash his hands of the situtaion and trade the player.

  50. Bonezy

    January 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    If he would just make contact half of the times he struck out his RBI’s would be at least 40-50 more per year. Then I would agree giving him all the money in the world. Oh and if he got a clue how to play the field then he would be fine as well.

  51. Richie

    January 21, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    To be honest with you Don, I think a lot of the hostility towards Howard has to do with the fact that he and Rollins called us out last year. They want a pass when they aren’t playing well and not get booed. Well, to be honest I think Utley and Hamels will get that pass, where Howard won’t and I think it has to do with the fact that he is holding the city hostage when he was offered a “very, very” reasonable salary. Rightfully so, and thats why I say you made your bed now sleep in it. You wanna be the big shot and demand A-rod money fine, but don’t think we are gonna support you if you can’t produce. Right or wrong?

  52. R. Howard

    January 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    All I know is, I wish I could basically only show up for 1 month of work and say ask, and seriously believe, that I should be paid $18 million.
    Oh wait, that’s what I’m doing, haha

    Go Phils!!

  53. Richie

    January 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I don’t personally sit there and boo its not me, but I know the boo-birds will be holding court on his season given how this process is going for the second year in a row.

  54. Georgie

    January 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    If I remember correctly, Ryan didn’t call us out , it was Jimmy who did all the talking on that show. Ryan just kind of smiled and shook his head, never said anything about the fans. Honestly, I just don’t get some of you, these guys just won the WS, quit busting their balls for stuff that happened last year.

    Oh, and I don’t think anyone is worth that kind of cash, athletes, musicians, actors, none of them , but it is what it is, and short of boycotting games, concerts, movies, there’s nothing we can do about it.

  55. Don M

    January 21, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Rollins said something along the lines of Ryan can hit a home run, but then if he strikes out in his next at-bat, he gets booed… which was and is true.

    To say that Rollins and Howard will get booed, and Hamels and Utley won’t shows just how racist this city still is.. which I won’t deny.. I live in the Northeast, which is probably 75% white, and I hear the N-word on a regular basis… but that is a whole seperate issue.

    How is Howard “holding the city hostage”….. The Phillies chose to hold him in the minors, which in turn has probably cost him MILLIONS of dollars on a multi-year contract… He could have signed a similar deal to Utley, but thought he’d make more going year to year.. Why are people taking this personally?

  56. Kevv

    January 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Okay fellas, first comment, but ive been on this site since the trade deadline of last year. Good signings so far, and i commend Mr. Amaro for all his work, after taking some scrutiny about the Burrell situation and Ibanez(Whom i believe will be a big offensive upgrade over burrell). But in regards to Ryan Howard, they should man up, and sign him to a long term contract. I don’t care what they give him, i dont care what they give him in regards to other top sluggers in the game, it doesn’t matter as long as he is happy, and they keep the core of the team intact through many of the players primes. A lot of people say, blah blah ” i dont want him makin 20 mil, he strikes out too much, he goes in slumps” blah blah, well people that what “sluggers” do, they strikeout a lot, and they also give you about 40+ homers, and 120+ rbis, garunteed each and every year through the prime of their career. The money isn’t coming out of you pockets, who cares, they put the product on the field, and if they sign him to a multi year deal, it would be a damn good, championship contending team for the next 3,4+ years.

    Without Ryan Howard, the phillies do not come close to winning the NL East Title, and do not go on to win the World Series, pay the man what he earned, come on, ROY, MVP and the top 3 in the MVP selections since then. So please stop saying they need to trade this guy, blah blah, no, they really don’t need to trade him, if would be awfully terrible mistake to do that.

    Thank you

  57. Geoff

    January 21, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Um no it wouldnt and im not going to stop at all in any way. Ryan Howard makes 10M and wouldnt even tip the bar that was giving him free drinks all night…only a complete and utter arrogrant d-bag would do that, such that i dont want him on my team….ill take some nice young prospects and be gone with him…better for the future of this franchise to ensure new generations of world champions..

  58. Georgie

    January 21, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Don, I was going to bring that up but I don’t live in Philly so didn’t want to cast stones when I wasn’t sure. I don’t think Utley has ever gotten booed in Philly, but yet he sucked just as bad at times, and I’ve heard that McNabb has been called some nasty things, so maybe it is a race issue, but I just don’t want to believe that.

  59. Georgie

    January 21, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Geoff, where did you get that info about Ryan not tipping at the bar? Were you there, did you witness that personally? Because if not, that is just spreading rumors, which is BS.

  60. Don M

    January 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    If you are talking about the PaddyWhack’s situation, where he “didn’t tip the bartender’s” …. their General Manager came out with a statement right after that story broke

    “Mr. Howard was at our establishment as a guest of another patron that was having a scheduled Happy Hour party,” says the bar’s GM Ryan Kilkenny. “The bill of this party was not the responsibility of Mr. Howard. The bill was settled in full and a tip was left,”

    Are you ok with him still being on the team Geoff?

  61. Kevv

    January 21, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Geoff, last time i checked, you weren’t running the team, how do you get him off as being arrogant? If you put up 5 MVP caliber year, why would you not believe you should get a significant raise? And do you actually believe he goes in to Amaro’s office and says, i want 18 Mil. No, he has his agent, and whatever other people he consults, and they look up salaries of other people whom he puts up better numbers than, and they they generate a number. Also, you go take your nice young prospects and pray and hope they turn out to be half the caliber of Howard, and maybe you could be successful, give me a break, you watch him on tv or at the park play baseball, you dont deal with him in the clubhouse and what not, you dont know what his personality is like, nor does it matter, as long as he keeps putting up the MVP numbers.

    Also, he can’t be that “arrogant d-bag” in clubhouse, or you would hear about it, plus, rollins, manuel, myers would put a halt to that.

  62. Griffin

    January 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I have no prob with Howard asking for whatever he wants. He helped his team win a WS and he will be a productive DH for an AL team in a few years. I’ll always remember him for the first half of his career, when he was a Phillie, rather than the latter part of his career, when he was an aging, declining DH.
    I’ll never love Howard as much as I love Utley or Rollins (b/c I know that Howard is going to leave the Phils soon) but I’ll never ever boo Howard as well.

  63. christopher

    January 21, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    geoff loves to make up the most ridiculous shit. don’t pay him any mind.

  64. NJ

    January 21, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Wow Geoff your getting the Bush treatment tonight.

    In fairness Howard didn’t have an MVP year, he had one month where he tore the cover off the ball. Once the Phils were considered to be for real he was the glamour vote, a good year would have seen him produce insane numbers and not fall flat in so many catagories.He has to show a hell of a lot more to be deserving of get paid witht he very top. There’s a system to how players get paid and Howard camp doesn’t like that, they want his money now and will hike up the premium every time his status salary isn’t to their liking.

  65. Manny

    January 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Well said, NJ. Howard wasn’t even a serious MVP contender up to September, when he had this fantastic 1-month… but that’s it… the rest of the season was generally one big slump. We were lucky that Pat the Bat was hot when Howard wasn’t.

    Our MVP in 2008 –and in 2007– is Chase Utley. No questions asked.

  66. shag beta sigma delta

    January 21, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Ok so I live in Vermont and I just bought season tickets, and I want to see howard on the team for the next two years he has left in arb. Both sides knew he was going to arb. that is why he ask for what he did and the phillies offered what they did. I don’t think he is going to be all pisses if he loses and only makes 14 mil. I thought we all knew he would go year to year until his arb is over then when that time comes you either deal him that year or just let him go. I was never one to agree with the idea that you have to get something for a guy who wants to leave. Be happy the big guy will be here at least two more years and that gives you two years to find a replacement from inside the organization. If the phillies keep their starting pitching and bullpen in tact and they progress like we all hope they will, you can lose some offensive punch after two years. I like Ryan and think he is great for the phillies why all the bitching about what he is asking that is the business side of the game. The guy is going to be a stud for the next two years put up great power numbers and yes strike out a bunch of times, but ever think of the double plays he dosn’t hit into when he strikes out, I know that seems like a lame statement, but think about it and even when he strikes out a lot the if uttly is batting third do you think teams really want to walk him to get to Howard, no they don’t so he will get more pitches to hit. If we keep the core team together whether howard gets 14 or 18 mil. I think this team dosn’t really care what he is getting paid they seem all to get along.
    And on JRol calling out the fans, I lived in Philly for most of my life before I moved back to VT and what he said was the truth we philly fans are very fickle and remember we even booed Mike Schmidt, arguably one of the best 3rd basemen of all time. So get off his back he is a competitor and a cornerstone of this team. So why not enjoy being world champions and let these things play out and love the big guy or not, in the big picture he helps this team win games, you want a superstar power hitter you take the strikeouts that is what power hitters do. I will see you all opening day and hope we can all just get along.
    One more thing I will be at the sat. before opening day game with the Rays and I want to hear a standing ovation for pat the bat. Never a huge fan of the guy but he did help us win a world series and played well above average for the Phillies and always played hard and we need to show appreciation for his service to this team and to the city.

  67. Don M

    January 22, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I’m pretty sure that Howard was the first player in like 30 years to lead his league in HRs and RBIs at the All-Star break, and not be named to the All-Star team??

    Utley would be probably 4th on my list of Phillies deserving the MVP last year.. maybe lower.

    Lidge, Howard, Hamels, Moyer…then probably Utley…

    In the month of September, Utley had 17 RBIs, Howard had 32
    Utley’s batting average dropped by a point, Howard’s rose by 17.

    Of course there is the arguement that Howard’s average should have been higher all along, but the fact of the matter is that he carried this team on his back.. got us into the playoffs, and the rest is history

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