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Howard Arbitration: Phils Stress Service Time

The Phillies and Ryan Howard wound up before three arbitrators on Wednesday and the Phillies made sure to mention Howard's service time as a key issue.

The Phillies brought in veteran arbitration king Tal Smith to fight their arbitration battle with first baseman Ryan Howard on Wednesday. The hearing lasted just under four hours, but Smith was the only one to immediately leave the building. It's known that the two sides held a last minute meeting this morning before the hearing and it's presumed that they continued that discussion after the...

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