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J.P. Howell drawing interest from “a handful” of teams

Nov 18, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

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Via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:

LHP J.P. Howell, who would like to return, said there are “a handful” of teams interested and wasn’t sure how quickly a decision will come. The Angels may be one.

The Cardinals, who really only need a left-handed reliever, could also be one of those interested teams.

Howell, 29, posted a 3.04 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 50 1/3 innings this past season for the Rays while holding left-handed batters to a .200/.306/.306 slash line. He has a .241/.323/.351 career split against lefties.

Jeremy Affeldt, a fellow southpaw, just signed a nice three-year, $18 million contract with the Giants.

  1. indaburg - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Howell is under-appreciated by many Rays fans. He had rough 2011 and early 2012 after coming back from shoulder surgery. He won’t overpower anyone, but anytime you need a ground ball, he’s your man. Good clubhouse guy too, chill as the day is long. I hope we can keep him.

  2. iamjimmyjack - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Please Arte sign this guy! We need more relief pitchers, specifically lefties. Downs/Howell would be GREAT!
    Walden/Jepsen/Downs/Howell/Frieri…still could use another though.

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