The Phillies have seemingly reached a new low on their mission to trade first baseman Ryan Howard.
Teams in touch w #Phillies say they’re talking up what a great person Ryan Howard is. That’s true. But still sounds like they have no takers
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 12, 2015
Yes you read that correctly. The Phillies are basically pulling the sports version of “she’s got a great personality.” We are about a month away from Spring Training, and there are seemingly no takers for the 2006 NL MVP. Ken Rosenthal wrote an article on Sunday proclaiming that finding a suitor for Howard should not be as difficult as it has been.
But the Phillies are in a tough spot. Everyone in Major League Baseball is aware of the Phillies desire to part ways with their slugging first baseman, and there are only so many teams that make sense for Howard. Because of this, many believe that the Phillies could just release Howard, which I think is highly unlikely. At this point, it might be best to just play the season and look to deal Howard at the deadline.