The Philadelphia Phillies and Ryan Howard agreed to a $125 million, five-year contract extension Monday that could end up keeping him around until 2017.
The slugging first baseman will make $20 million a year in 2012 and 2013 before putting away $25 million annually from 2014-16. The Phillies then have a $23 million option on him for 2017 along with a $10 million buyout. Big Brown has also received a limited no-trade clause where he is able to choose nine teams each year that he can be traded to with his consent.
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"I tell you what, it’s a great feeling to have that security and know where you’re going to be," Howard said. "I feel what I’ve been doing over the last couple of years, I feel pretty confident that down the road, I’ll be right where I want to be and still doing the same things."[USA Today]