As reports came out that the Philadelphia Phillies were willing to eat about $50 million of Ryan Howard‘s contract if a trade were to occur, a surprise suitor expressed their interest in trading for the former All-Star.
The York Revolution of York, Pennsylvania, an independent league baseball team from the Atlantic League, expressed their interest in acquiring Howard through a press release on their website, but noted that they would need help in raising the necessary funds to pay the remaining $10 million that would be owed to Howard.
.@Phillies are willing to pay $50mil of $60mil remaining on Howard’s deal. We only need to raise $9,997,000 to make the trade possible!
— York Revolution (@yorkrevolution) March 19, 2015
Typically, a maximum salary per month for an Atlantic League player is roughly $3,000, so in order to make this happen, the team would need a lot of help from their fans as well as other people living in York County. In the press release, General Manager John Gibson spoke of a plan to help make this happen:
“If there are roughly 400,000 people living in York County, we only need $25 from each of them to have the funds necessary to put Ryan Howard in a Revolution uniform. Some dads might have to dock a kid’s allowance for a couple weeks, big deal.”
Being that the club hopes that this spreads to a much larger area, the team has reduced the donation price they are asking for to $10. Fans who donate will also receive two complimentary ticket vouchers to the Revolution’s opening night game on Friday, April 24 against the Long Island Ducks.
In the likely event that a trade for Howard doesn’t occur, the money that is donated will not go to waste. The club has agreed to donate 83% of the funds raised to Penn-Mar Human Services, the presenting partner of the team for the 2015 season. Being that the Phillies are willing to pay 83% of Howard’s remaining contract, the club found it fitting that they also donate 83% of the funds raised for this cause.