Phillies slugger Ryan Howard won his salary arbitration hearing against the team on Thursday. Howard will make $10 million this season. The Phillies offered the slugger $7 million.
This is the first arbitration hearing the Phillies have ever lost. The team is 7-1 in arbitration rulings.
"It's part of the process, and we're looking forward to playing baseball now," said Phillies assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
"There's always a risk," said Amaro of the arbitration process. "We have a number that we put out there that we think is appropriate and the player does the same. We have to leave it up to three people to make the decision, and they'll make the decision as they see just."