Rockies agree to minor league deal with slugger Howard

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

The Colorado Rockies have surprisingly signed former Philadelphia Phillies star first baseman Ryan Howard, who's been out of commission since May.

The 37-year-old hit.196 last season over 112 games for the Phillies but did manage to smack 25 home runs. The three-time All-Star will report to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, but the club didn't say when in Saturday's announcement.

After that debilitating injury, Howard was never able to return to form and batted better than.230 just once (2013) during his final five years in the City of Brotherly Love. Howard hasn't played anywhere for the last three months: he was released by the Atlanta Braves back on May 8, a month and two days after signing a minor league contract with them during the first week of the 2017 season.

Over 1572 career games in the Majors, Howard has a.258 average with 382 homers, 1194 RBIs and a on-base percentage of.343.

Howard was an integral member of the Phillies 2008 World Series Championship campaign, finishing second in MVP voting while leading the league in home runs (48) and RBI (146).

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