Phillies' slugger Ryan Howard wants a trade. It doesn't mean he'll get it.
This story does mean, however, that we'll be hearing more about the Pirates as a potential trading partner for the Phillies. They wanted to deal Howard for Benson last summer. He's a left-handed power hitter, something we need.
I have high hopes for Daryle Ward, but I wonder, even if he storms out of the gate, if he's someone we want to build around long-term. He'll get expensive fast and his track record is not, shall we say, consistent.
And another thing. He and Tike have some time to prove themselves at the start of the year. If they come out of the gate hitting like Randall Simon and Chris Stynes, however, then I'm not giving them half a season to turn it around. Both those guys have had their chances in the past.