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Howard's raise more than doubles 2006 salary

Updated: March 2, 2007, 5:08 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It isn't every year that the Most Valuable Player in the National League gets his contract renewed.

Ryan Howard

First Base Philadelphia PhilliesProfile

2006 SEASON STATISTICS

GM HR RBI R OBP AVG

159 58 149 104 .425 .313

But it happened Friday, when the Phillies and Ryan Howard's agent, Casey Close, were unable to agree on either a one-year or multi-year deal. So the team announced it was simply ...

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