Ryan Howard Extends Stay in Philadelphia

Left-handed slugger Ryan Howard has agreed to stay with the Philadelphia Phillies until 2017, signing a five-year contract extension worth $125 million. Howard’s current contract will expire in two years.

Howard, the 2005 Rookie of the Year, said extending his stay with the Phillies was an easy decision, as it was Philadelphia that gave him the chance to get into the Major League Baseball. General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the decision to re-sign Howard this early was proof of how important the 2006 NL MVP is to the Phillies.

“We just felt it was good timing for us…we decided he is that important to our organization and to our club and to our future,” Amaro said, after joking that Howard “has agreed to buy a second home for me” as part of the deal.

Howard has helped the Phillies reach the last two World Series. The Phillies won in 2008 against the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-1, but lost, 2-4, to the New York Yankees last season.