General manager of the Phillies says that the club would be better off with out Ryan Howard in the club house. In my opinion I think it would be a terrible idea to trade him and get him out of the club house. You need someone who is experienced and Howard is 35 years old. He is going to help the Phillies more than hurt him because he can help the rookies that they bring up and he can teach them a few things. The Phillies are also trying their hardest to get rid of him since they are willing to eat up $50 million of his $60 million dollar salary. If the Phillies are able to trade Howard who do they replace him with at first base? They can't because the Phillies don't have anyone to replace him unless they go out and find another one that is their price range. Even though Ryan Howard is getting up there I feel that he can still get the job done. He probably won't hit 40 or 50 home runs like he used to but I feel as though he can still hit at least 20 to 30 home runs. He has reportedly been working on his swing and has looked really good at the plate so whats the point in trading him then? I understand they are trying to get better pitching since Cliff Lee went down with his injury. I think that they trade one of their minor league players for a pitcher that would help them for the season until Cliff Lee gets better. Or they can just bring up one of their top prospects that pitches up and have them get so major league experience.
By Nicklaus Guajardo