The Phillies first baseman asked for $18 million in arbitration Tuesday, the third-highest figure submitted since the process began in 1974.
Philadelphia brass offered $14 million to the 2006 NL MVP. Howard had a major league-leading 48 homers and 146 RBIs last year, helping the Phillies win their first World Series title since 1980. Before the season, he was awarded $10 million in arbitration rather than Philadelphia’s $7 million offer.
With the Yankees just shelling out $20 million per year to Mark Teixeira, I definitely think Howard gets his $18 million.
A good read over at MoreHardball, about what they would do with $18 million.