Former Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hasn't given up on baseball.

The Colorado Rockies announced Saturday afternoon that they have signed Howard to a minor-league contract. He will report to the team's triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.

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Howard, 37, had signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves earlier this season and hit .184 (7 for 38) in 11 games with the team's triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, but he was released on May 8. 

Howard’s tenure with the Phillies ended last season after he hit .196 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs. He struck out 114 times in 362 playoff appearances. The team bought out his contract for $10 million. He was the last remaining member of the 2008 team that won the World Series to play for Philadelphia.

He left the city as one of the best players in Phillies' history. He is second on the Phillies career home run list with 382 and third in RBIs with 1,194. He was the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year and was the NL MVP in 2007 after hitting .313 with a league-leading 58 home runs and driving in 149 runs.

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