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Ryan Howard for David Price? The Rumor Mill Strikes Again.

The rumor mill does not like to be ignored.  No sooner had all of the excitement died down regarding those Dom Brown for Jose Bautista rumors, when a new and even crazier trade scenario involving the Phillies emerged.

Radio station WDAE in Tampa first floated the rumor: The Phillies would send Ryan Howard to the Rays in exchange for pitcher David Price.

Obviously, the Phillies would have to pick up a healthy chunk of Howard’s salary in this scenario.  But considering that many Phillies fans would advocate paying Howard half his salary just to be rid of him, the thought of actually acquiring a player like Price in exchange is almost inconceivable.

In other words, I have a feeling that there’s not too much to this.

The funniest part of that radio segment is how excited the hosts are about the prospect of getting Ryan Howard.  I’m guessing that they haven’t paid too much attention to the Phillies recently and still think of Howard as the 40 home run hitting threat that he was in 2008.  I was waiting for them to advocate holding out unless the Phillies threw in Jamie Moyer as part of the deal.

The hot stove season has not been short on excitement thus far.  Between actual free agent signings and random radio host speculation, there’s been plenty for Phillies fans to talk about.

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  • Wade Bloggs

    Not an option. Howard is a hall of famer. Price is a flash in the pan.

    • Tyler

      Howward will never in a million years be a hall of famer only if he didn’t get injured in 2011 and hasn’t been on an insane decline. He’s 33 and has to hit at least another 200 homeruns to be considered and that’s only going to happen if he can hit 40 a season again which is highly doubtful. Meanwhile David Price at 28 has already a Cy Young award and a better career ERA than Cole Hamels. Also dumping half of Howard’s contract would allow Ruf/Franco to take over at first and let the Phillies use that money to further improve the team.

    • Lawrence Levine

      its a shame its probably not true

    • Tyler

      Yea never going to happen unless the Phils eat a huge portion of the contract and the Rays become desperate for a DH would prolly have to throw in Biddle and a couple other prospects too.

  • Dino Bravo

    I laughed when I saw this. Extremely hard

    • http://thecutterrambles.wordpress.com Mike Lacy

      I think that was the reaction of most Phillies fans. Laughter – and a slight twinge of hope.