Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Howard Fires Casey Close, Hires Chief Bromden
Arbitration figures were submitted by players and teams yesterday. Ryan Howard has submitted an insane salary of $18 million, while the Phils are countering with a more reasonable $14 million.
Is dropping your average, OBP and slugging percentage while increasing errors by more than 50% worth an $8 million dollar raise? It is if you're as crazy a rat in a tin shithouse.
I don't see any way that Howard wins this arbitration. I doubt if Ryan Howard thinks he can win this arbitration. But even if the Howard Team (Howard, agent Casey Close, Howard's father) doesn't think they can win, this proposal sends another clear message to the Phillies: "You can't afford him. Trade him to a place where he can get paid now before his value drops even more next year."
Other Arbitration News
Joe Blanton - Signed for $5.475 million.
Shane Victorino - Signed for $3.125 million.
Jayson Werth, Chad Durbin - Still arbitration eligible.