The Rockies are hoping to hit the same kind of gold with Howard they did with Mark Reynolds, who was signed to a minor league contract before the 2017 season began. He appeared in 11 games for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves before being released on.
After that debilitating injury, Howard was never able to return to form and batted better than.230 just once (2013) during his final five years in the City of Brotherly Love.
Howard's tenure with the Phillies ended last season after he hit.196 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs. Howard was also plagued by a lack of discipline at the plate and struck out 636 times between 2012-2016.
Over 1572 career games in the Majors, Howard has a.258 average with 382 homers, 1194 RBIs and a on-base percentage of.343. He was the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year and was the National League MVP in 2007 after hitting.313 with a league-leading 58 home runs and driving in 149 runs. He was the last remaining member of the 2008 team that won the World Series to play for Philadelphia.