The Philadelphia Phillies have been trying to trade Ryan Howard for months, but the club is prepared to begin the season with the slugger on the roster.
Ruben Amaro Jr. told FOX Sports over the weekend that the Phillies will not release Howard, and a trade remains the best option for both sides.
"The fact that we've been so public makes people think we'll release him," Amaro said.
"That won't happen. He'll play for the Phillies if we don't trade him ... but there is a point of diminishing returns. At some point, we're going to keep him, let him produce. Someone will have a need for him. He may be worth more later in the year or next year."