May 8 4:37 PM PT5:37 PM MT6:37 PM CT7:37 PM ET19:37 ET23:37 GMT7:37 4:37 PM MST6:37 PM EST7:07 PM VEN3:37 UAE (+1)6:37 PM CT-The Braves have released Howard from his minor league contract. Analysis: This could be the end of the line for the 2006 NL MVP after he hit .184 with one extra-base hit in 42 at-bats for Atlanta's Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett. Howard, who batted just .196 but did have 25 homers in 112 games with the Phillies last season, signed with the Braves last month after drawing little interest as a free agent.
Apr. 6 12:22 PM PT1:22 PM MT2:22 PM CT3:22 PM ET15:22 ET19:22 GMT3:22 12:22 PM MST2:22 PM EST2:52 PM VEN23:22 UAE2:22 PM CT-Howard will have a chance to extend his career and remain in the NL East, as the longtime Phillies slugger has signed a minor league deal with the Braves. The 37-year-old will report to Atlanta's extended spring training facility next week before likely being assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Analysis: Once among the game's most feared power threats, Howard showed last season he can still hit it out by producing 25 homers in 331 at-bats during his final season in Philadelphia. However, he batted just .196 with 114 strikeouts. The 2006 NL MVP shouldn't be counted on as anything more than a spot starter and bat off the bench at this stage of his career.