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Former NL MVP Ryan Howard joins Isotopes

The Colorado Rockies have agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with former National League MVP and Rookie of the Year, Ryan Howard.

The three-time All-Star reported to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes pm Saturday.

Ryan Howard, former National League MVP, soon-to-be Albuquerque Isotope (file photo)

Howard, 37, spent 13 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies where he compiled 382 career home runs, the second-most in team history and the fifth-most among active players. 

The St. Louis native was named the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year after compiling a .288 batting average with 22 home runs and 63 RBI in 88 games.  The following season, Howard was voted the National League MVP after registering a league-leading 58 home runs and 149 RBI while hitting .313.

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).

In April of 2017, Howard signed a Minor League contract with the Atlanta Braves.  He appeared in 11 games for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves before being released on May 8.  Howard’s last Major League appearance came on Oct. 2, 2016.