Slug­ger Howard gets mi­nor league deal with Braves

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK | Free agent slug­ger Ryan Howard has reached a mi­nor league deal with the At­lanta Braves, hop­ing for an­other chance to play in the ma­jors.

The 37-year-old Howard wasn’t signed by the Philadel­phia Phillies af­ter last sea­son. The Braves made the deal Thurs­day.

Howard will re­port to ex­tended spring train­ing next week. The first base­man will then join Triple-A Gwin­nett when he’s ready.

Howard hit .196 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs in 112 games last year. The 2006 NL MVP is a three-time All-Star and has 382 ca­reer homers, all with the Phillies.

At­lanta al­ready has star Fred­die Free­man at first base, but could be look­ing for some pop off the bench.

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