The Phillies agreed to contract terms with six players today, but the reigning National League MVP was not one of them.
Cole Hamels, Fabio Castro, Clay Condrey, Alfredo Simon, Greg Dobbs and Chris Roberson are the recipients of new deals, assistant GM Ruben Amaro announced today in a statement. Four players on the 40-man roster still need contracts. According to my calculations, they include Ryan Howard, Matt Smith, Brian Sanches and Justin Germano (Correction: According to today's paper, the last player is Shane Victorino, not Germano). The first date to renew contracts is March 2.
Camp Howard may be seeking Alfonso Soriano-type money, according to a recent report, but the Phillies are expected to agree on a $1 million-plus raise over last year’s salary. Howard is five years away from free agency, but will likely become a super-two after the season, meaning, he'd have four years of arbitration eligibility.