Latest Update Ryan Howard could be dealt Tue Nov, 11, 09:36 AM
A threat to crush the ball over the fence to all fields with every at-bat, he's an excellent run-producer who can carry his club for long stretches. Will take his share of walks.
Flaws: : Regularly challenges records for strikeouts. Injuries have started his decline early. Can be too streaky at the plate. Isn't a good fielder at first base and makes too many errors.
Over the last couple of weeks? The Phillies have been looking to deal Howard for the last couple of years. While the big guy may not cost the Royals much in the way of a trade, this probably wouldn't even be a lateral move given his .223 average and .310 on-base percentage. He may have a little more pop in his bat than Butler, but the trade-off here in the rate stats potentially nullifies that edge and may even be worse if Butler were to regain some of his power stroke.. There's also the issue of Howard's struggles against left-handed pitching that Butler doesn't really have. The Phillies should find some AL club willing to pick him up as a DH though, so expect them to keep on shopping.Analyst: Howard Bender
Howard has had a season to forget at the age of 34, hitting just .223 with 22 home runs, although he is now just seven RBI away from reaching 100 RBI for the first time since 2011. Whether he hits that mark or not, Howard's season is his best since logging 33 home runs and 116 RBI three seasons ago. Analyst: Matthew Beck
A lefty on the mound for the Padres means a seat on the bench for Howard. Darin Ruff will handle the work at first base on Thursday.Analyst: Howard Bender
If you're so clueless that you didn't see this coming, then you're playing this game wrong. Howard sits against lefties. Darin Ruf will strike out....er...we mean....start at first base in his absence.Analyst: Howard Bender