Ryan Howard Position: The dead money bag. Not Mark Reynolds.
Of his 16 punchouts, just four came on fastballs. The Brothers Upton experiment isn't working out so well; while the Braves may make the playoffs a second consecutive season, the Braves' offense ranks in the lower half of the NL and B.
As the Phillies continue exceeding expectations, the inevitability of a loyalty-vs. Jason Heyward, who is hitting. If that were to happen, it would be the first of its kind since the owners tried to foist a salary cap on players rather than sharing revenue between themselves in 1994.
Honorable Mention, Part 2: July 6: Davis was a 53-homer terror in 2013 , and smashed 47 more long balls two years later. By signing Desmond, the Rockies were acquiring a hitter who perennially ranked among the league leaders in groundball percentage.
It's telling that other Mets GM candidates like former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington reportedly backed out of the hiring sweepstakes after ownership rejected plans for a rebuild.
The slugger signed the massive contract extension in 2010, but injuries limited Howard to less than half of his team's games in 2012 and 2013.
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Surely the Braves learned their lesson about not minding service time by starting Jason Heyward in the big leagues and losing the extra year of control most teams prioritize. It may seem like a reach now, given his consistent excellence and generally consistent health he did battle a groin injury during the 2013 playoffs that ultimately required surgery , but something will happen to Cabrera, just like something happened to Howard, because they're both human beings in addition to baseball players, and this is the kind of stuff that happens as people age.
The Phillies, even though Howard was two years shy of having enough service time for free agency, signed him to an extension that seemed to include no "hometown" discount whatsoever. And yet of the 34 times Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has penciled Howard into the starting lineup, 30 of them have come in the No. Heyward's not a bad guy to have on your team by any stretch. On the season, Howard is hitting.
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