Royals interested in Ryan Howard?

The Phillies have made it known they are willing to move first baseman Ryan Howard, and the Royals have emerged as a potential trade partner, according to a report in USA Today.

The Royals have one of baseball’s lowest payrolls and Howard is still owed at least $60 million over the next three seasons, but the Phillies are reportedly prepared to eat much of Howard’s contract, so Kansas City could be in the mix.

The Phillies tried to move Howard during the season but had no luck. They might be able to find a better deal in the offseason though, and the organization is intent on getting younger and more athletic.

Howard, 34, appears to be a better fit in the American League as a designated hitter. The former National League MVP is an option as a DH with the Royals as a potential replacement for Billy Butler. Howard was healthy enough to play 153 games this season and hit 23 home runs. The Royals did not have a player hit 20 homers in 2014, so they are in the market for a power bat.

The Phillies are going into a rebuilding phase and Howard is a piece that could be used to bring some younger talent to an organization that has some holes in the farm system. Meanwhile, Kansas City came up just short in the World Series and Howard could be a player that puts the Royals over the top.

–Austin Laymance

6 Comments

Not going to happen unless the Royals can get the Phillies to cover all but 6-7m per year (The Phillies would never agree to that). He really doesnt fit in KC. He is another left handed power bat. Royals already have Gordon, Moose, and Hosmer. They need another RH power bat (to go with Perez), and a RF. They can fill both holes in one player for the same money they will probably have to pay Howard, and get someone who has a lot less risk than Howard. By getting a power hitting RF, you can now platoon the DH spot between the new RF against Right handed pitching (where dyson will play center, Cain in Right), Sal Perez on days off from catching, and Kratz/willingham/another cheap option against left handed pitching.

This would be a very unRoyal like move. Howard is like an Adam Dunn hitter these days. He just does not fit into the way the Royals “do business”, i.e., pitching, defense, and timely hitting.

If Howard ever corrects his batting stance, he can easily return to prominence. I’ve no idea why Howard stands with his right foot in the bucket. One would think he might at least try standing correctly at the plate, as his woes have gone on for years now. It must be difficult for his manager(s) & batting coach(es) to try and correct someone earning 10+ times his salary, but the change must come, or Howard will be another Adam Dunn. As for his fit in KC, he’s perfect. He can hit the ball out of any ballpark, and is an adequate 1B when needed. 80% of the starting pitchers are right handed, so a lefty laden lineup is no disadvantage at all.

Royals are better off with Adam LaRoche, a free agent now. He’s better defensively and had a great year this past season. Plus, AL’s ranch is very close to K.C.

…BUT Mike Morse would be better.

I agree that Morse would be better, but not LaRoche. KC has a Gold Glove 1B, why pay the extra freight for a 2nd one??

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