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Phillies sign Howard through 2016

Updated: April 27, 2010, 12:08 PM ET
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Howard took a good-natured jab at those fickle fans in baseball-crazy Philadelphia.

"Hopefully there's no riots taking place back in Philly," he joked of his new mega deal.

Get used to it, City of Brotherly Love. This guy's going to be around for a while.

The slugging first baseman agreed to a $125 million, five-year contract extension Monday that could keep him with the Phillies until 2017.

Howard preferred securing his future in Philadelphia ...

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