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Ryan Howard Signs Minor League Deal With Atlanta

Slugger looking for more one shot.

Ryan Howard, who played his whole MLB career with the Philadelphia Phillies, signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Over the past three years, Howard averaged 23 home runs and 77 RBIs, but has remained unsigned since he elected to file for free agency on November 3, 2016, ending his 13 year run in Philadelphia.

Howard is expected to report to the Braves extended spring training in Lake Buena Vista, FL and as reported on MLB.com, possibly join their Triple-A affiliate the Gwinnett Braves.

The 37-year old lefty hitting slugger, is looking to keep his career alive, but even though he averaged more than 20 home runs the past three seasons, his batting average has continued to slide, finishing 2016 batting just .196 in 112 games.

Without a DH spot in the National League and Freddie Freeman solid at first base, the only option may be the MLB bench where the Braves currently do not have a looming late inning power threat.  Howard can possibly fill that need.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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