Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard won big in his salary arbitration case today, getting $10 million instead of the $7 million his team had offered, the AP reports. The figure is the highest salary a player has scooped in an arbitration victory. “We negotiated right up to the courthouse steps,” said a Phillies official, but “we couldn’t get it done.”
Still, no hard feelings, the assistant GM said: proceedings were “amicable.” The victory may pave the way for big future demands expected from the first-baseman, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. As for Howard himself: “My reaction is mostly relief now that the whole process is over,” reports MLB.com. But he’ll be “picking up the tabs on dinners from now on," said a teammate.