After that debilitating injury, Howard was never able to return to form and batted better than.230 just once (2013) during his final five years in the City of Brotherly Love.
His time with the Phillies ended after the 2016 season, his 13 with the club as he struggled to a.196 average in 112 games.
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Howard, 37, had signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves earlier this season and hit.184 (7 for 38) in 11 games with the team's triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett before being released May 8.
The Rockies are hoping to hit the same kind of gold with Howard they did with Mark Reynolds, who was signed to a minor league contract before the 2017 season began.
Howard was an integral member of the Phillies 2008 World Series Championship campaign, finishing second in MVP voting while leading the league in home runs (48) and RBI (146). Throughout his career, Howard has blasted 382 home runs and drove in 1,194 runs at the major league level.