The Philadelphia Phillies have one of the highest-paid athletes on the planet on their roster in Ryan Howard. He has amassed a ton of wealth during his time in Major League Baseball. The Phillies may attempt to buy out the rest of Howard’s contract as it is one of the most lucrative deals in baseball.
So, how much has the first baseman made in his time with the Phillies?
Ryan Howard’s Net Worth as of 2017: $140 Million
But how did Howard get here? Let’s take a look.
2006 – 2010
During the 2006 season, Howard only made $355,000, which is fairly low for a baseball player. He would soon reach a new tax bracket as his productivity on the field increased tremendously. In 2007, he was bumped up to $900,000, which was just the beginning for Howard.
The Phillies’ first baseman proved to be one of the most talented in the game and Philadelphia wanted to keep their talented player under contract for the foreseeable future. The team and their star player could not see eye to eye in the courtroom, but in 2008, Howard would win his arbitration case against the Phillies. The ruling gave him $10,000,000.
During the 2009 season, Howard signed a three-year $54,000,000 extension with an annual salary of $15,000,000. He would also land a bonus check in 2009/2010 worth $50,000. The following year his new contract was worth $125,000,000 with an annual salary of $19,000,000.
2011 – Present
Howard’s days of low-grade paychecks are completely over. In the 2011 season, he would go on to make $20,000,000 flat, not counting his endorsement deals. He would continue to make that exact amount over the course of the next two seasons.
In 2014, Howard began to reel in some bigger endorsements, which landed him $700,000. His contract also saw a bit of a boost as he would make $5 million extra. His salary for the next three seasons was a whopping $25,000,000 per season. During the 2015 season, he would add $600,000 to his bank account in sponsorship deals.
Howard’s play may have deteriorated but he is making more money than ever. He should be with a new team fairly soon if he does not retire but he should be financially secure for the rest of his life. He should go down in history as one of the most valuable MLB players to ever play the game.