Phillies working to move Howard, nothing in the works yet

The Phillies are reportedly making an effort to trade Ryan Howard, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. The trouble could be finding a team willing to take on the $60 million remaining on Howard’s contract.

Finally healthy after playing just 151 combined games in 2012-13, Howard hit just .223 and struck out a National League-worst 190 times over 153 games this past season — though he did chip in 23 home runs and 95 RBIs.

Howard, who turns 35 years old later this month, is due $25 million in salary in both 2015 and ’16 then has a ’17 team option worth $23 million that comes with a $10 million buyout.

Considering all the circumstances, it comes as no surprise that the Phillies are working to find a trade partner. The real surprise would be finding a team that is either willing to take on those financial obligations or has a player with a similarly unfavorable contract to swap.

The Phillies will be busy working the phones this winter, but there’s nothing to see here as of right now.

— Paul Casella

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