Veteran 1B Howard signs Minor League deal

August 12th, 2017

MIAMI -- The Rockies announced Saturday they signed veteran first baseman to a Minor League contract. He will report to Triple-A Albuquerque.
The 37-year-old Howard last played in the Major Leagues with the Phillies in 2016, when he hit .196 with 25 homers and 59 RBIs in 112 games.
A National League Most Valuble Player Award winner in 2006 and a three-time All-Star, Howard signed with the Braves in April before being released on May 8. In 11 games at Triple-A Gwinnett, he hit .184 with one homer and 11 strikeouts in 38 at-bats.
Howard became a free agent last November when the Phillies declined his 2017 club option for $23 million and instead bought him out for $10 million.
If Howard can prove there's more left in the tank, he could possibly find a spot with the Rockies when rosters expand in September.

Colorado currently has at first base, along with recently called up prospect Ryan McMahon. is working his way back from a calf strain.
In 13 seasons with Philadelphia, Howard smacked 382 home runs and slashed .258/.343./.515. The once-prodigious slugger hasn't hit 30 homers or knocked in 100 RBIs in a season since 2011, when he tallied 33 and 116. He and the Phillies won the World Series in '08.