Ryan Howard will officially earn 10-and-5 rights on Saturday, CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports. He’ll have accrued 10 years of service time, the last five of which have come with the same team. As a result, he gains full no-trade rights, so if the Phillies want to trade him, he will have to give his permission first.
That’s important for obvious reasons, as the Phillies are in the midst of a rebuild. Howard, 35, won’t be part of the next competitive Phillies team, and the Phillies could use his spot at first base to see what Darin Ruf has to offer, or potentially move prospect Maikel Franco across the diamond from third base.
The Phillies are reportedly willing to eat $50 million of the $60 million remaining on Howard’s five-year, $125 million contract extension. Because of Howard’s age, injury history, and defensive limitations, his market is effectively cut in half as any acquiring team would almost certainly use him as a DH.
Howard, entering Friday’s game against the Marlins, was batting a paltry .194/.247/.417 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 78 plate appearances. He logged his 1,299th game at first base for the Phillies, breaking the previous record held by Fred Luderus, who played first base for the Phillies between 1910-20.