Rockies agree to minor league deal with slugger Howard

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

In a perhaps unexpected move, the Rockies announced Saturday they have come to terms on a minor league contract with first baseman Ryan Howard.

The Rockies' announcement didn't specify which level of the minors Howard would start with, but their social media account did take the chance to defend the decision to bring in Howard, who hit.184 with one home run, 11 strikeouts, and two walks in 42 plate appearances with the Gwinnett Braves. He will report to the team's triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.

His time with the Phillies ended after the 2016 season, his 13 with the club as he struggled to a.196 average in 112 games.

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 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).

Howard won Rookie of the Year honor with the Phillies in 2005, swatting 22 homers and hitting.288.

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