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.