Two Phillies now on the Hot Stove with trade rumors. If anything happens, hopefully we get some great players in return.
There is something strange about Ryan Howard sitting out for the past couple games. He's tied with Cliff Lee in making the most money this year from the team at $25M for the season. He should be playing as much as he can but the last two games has seen Ryan Howard benched for some unknown reason.
Is Howard on his way out of town? Does the team that wants Howard need him to sit out while they make arrangements to make a deal? Howard doesn't know and doesn't seem to care or want to talk about it in the press, so until something happens, we'll be finding out after it is announced.
The benching has ignited the internet with rumors on what team is in the hunt for Howard's services. Rumors are a dime a dozen though, and any team that takes Howard would probably be asking the Phillies to eat a nice portion of his remaining salary, which I don't think would be a wise move. Howard isn't that bad if he can get over a hundred RBI's and 30 HR's this season.
So what is going to happen? We'll just have to wait and see, Howard isn't injured so his rest is coming at an odd time. People are watching and waiting.