Holy wow. The Phillies have offered $14 million, and Howard wants $18 million.
A little Player A / Player B:
|Player A||November 1979||.251/.339/.543||36.4||Bad||Yes|
|Player B||November 1979||.236/.386/.513||36.6||Really bad||Yes|
Which one's better? Player A has posted higher batting averages in the past, so I'd rather have him going forward, but these players were pretty similar in lots of ways in 2008.
Player A is Howard, who's now assured of making at least $14 million this year. Player B is Adam Dunn, who's still looking for a team. This isn't a good year to be a free agent, and you can look at Howard's arbitration figures and see why the Diamondbacks didn't offer Dunn arbitration.