Phillies still shopping Howard, no takers yet

The Phillies continue to shop first baseman Ryan Howard, but apparently have “no takers” at this point, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

The Phils are said to be marketing “what a great person” Howard is, but they’re yet to gain much traction. The 35-year-old Howard, who hit .223/.310/.380 with 23 homers and 95 RBIs last season, is owed $50 million over the next two years.

Given his recent injury concerns and career-long defensive struggles, the Phillies’ best bet might be finding an American League team willing to roll the dice on a veteran slugger. For what it’s worth, the nine teams not covered by Howard’s no-trade clause are the Tigers, Royals, Angels, Mariners, Yankees, Rangers, Rays, Orioles, and Red Sox.

— Paul Casella

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