USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports the Royals are interested in Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard but the Phillies would have to eat a hefty amount of the $60 million he is owed. The Philadelphia Daily News' Ryan Lawrence cites an industry source as the report is a bit overblown.
Lawrence cites the source saying, the Royals "would possibly consider further down the road this winter, if their first, second and third options don’t pan out."
Howard, 34, batted .223/.310/.380 with 23 home runs and 95 RBIs. Howard's .380 slugging percentage is the lowest, by far, of his career. He finished fifth out of the usual starting eight for the Phillies only out slugging Carlos Ruiz (.370), Ben Revere (.361) and Domonic Brown (.349).
The shift is certainly taking away hits from Howard which might be the difference between a .223 average and a .253 average but it does not really account for such a major drop in slugging percentage to where he was out-slugged by Cody Asche.
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