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Ryan Howard Announces Retirement

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Ryan Howard, who has not played this season following 13 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, has officially announced his retirement, in a post he penned for The Player’s Tribune.

Howard was the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 2005 and was voted its Most Valuable Player in 2006, but he was never the same after tearing his left Achilles tendon in the 2011 National League Division Series following an impressive 102-60 season for Philly.

Howard signed a five-year, $125M contract extension with the Phillies back in 2010, but the flaws in his game became more obvious following the deal.

 

 

 

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Cardinals Shut Down Carlos Martinez for Two Weeks

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The St. Louis Cardinals have shut down right hander Carlos Martinez from throwing for two weeks as the club believes that he needs to build up his shoulder strength, according to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch.

The development hangs a cloud of uncertainty over Martinez’s availability for Opening Day.

The Cardinals may be looking to utilize Martinez out of the bullpen this season.

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Brewers Re-Sign Mike Moustakas

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The Milwaukee Brewers have officially re-signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the deal will earn Moustakas $10 million and includes a $3 million buyout along with a $11 million mutual option for 2020.

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Bryce Harper ‘Unsure’ About Signing with Phillies

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Following the breaking news that Manny Machado had agreed to terms on a massive 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, the next superstar domino expected to fall is Bryce Harper.

Multiple reports are linking Harper with the Philadelphia Phillies, who are apparently willing to pay Harper’s lofty price tag demand, but it’s not a “slam dunk” that Harper lands in Philly.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Harper is “unsure” about signing with the Phillies.

This echos a December report from the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, one that says Harper wasn’t “particularly” fond of playing in Philadelphia.

Harper to the Phillies may not be the slam dunk that reports indicate, which means a mystery team may be luring Harper in.

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