Around the League

Normally, I stay away from this stuff but this is eating away at me and I have to say something. Is Ryan Howard out of his mind? $18 million for a .251 hitter? Sure he led the league in home runs and runs batted in, but he also struck out 199 times. Dunn, while having slightly less of an average at least had a .380 OBP to ask for decent money, Howard is barely over .300 in the OBP category (.339). To me this will be pathetic if he wins, and the Phillies offer of $14 is even generous. Ryan Howard deserves $11-12MM a year, not a penny more.

On another note, Prince Fielder signed what is believed to be a 2 year deal worth $18 million. I am anticipating the Brewers swinging him for some young pitching on such an affordable short contract. Maybe the Giants, Rangers, or Orioles, who all could desperately use his bat.

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