The Phillies and Ryan Howard today exchanged figures for salary arbitration.

They're $3 million apart.

The Phillies have offered Howard $7 million a year. Howard is seeking $10 million a year. The Phillies and Howard can continue to negotiate until their arbitration hearing, which would be scheduled for sometime next month. If the two parties go to arbitration and Howard wins, he would tie Alfonso Soriano for the highest salary ever paid to a player in arbitration.

Soriano received $10 million from the Washington Nationals in 2006.

Phillies utility infielder Eric Bruntlett is the only other Phillies player still eligible for arbitration. The Phillies have offered him $550,000. Bruntlett is seeking $800,000.


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