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The $18-Million Man?

For the second year in a row, the Phillies and Ryan Howard appear set for an arbitration showdown. The two sides are $4-million apart as Howard seeks an $8-million raise for 2009. There are arguments both for and against Howard's request and we've got a look at them.

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and his agents asked for $18-million in arbitration on Tuesday. The Phillies offered Howard $14-million. Last February, the former MVP won a record-setting 10-million (up from $900,000) in a controversial hearing; many felt that Philadelphia low-balled him with its offer of $7-million. Well, whether or not animosity remains on either side, it is...

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