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Dodgers agree to one-year, $2.85 million deal with reliever J.P. Howell

Jan 4, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Olney clarifies that the deal is worth $2.85 million plus incentives.

9:08 PM: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the deal is done. Howell will make a $3 million base salary in 2013 and could earn more in performance bonuses.

8:54 PM: The Dodgers aren’t done spending yet. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the club is moving toward a one-year agreement with left-handed reliever J.P. Howell. Terms aren’t yet available, as the deal hasn’t been finalized.

Howell, who turns 30 in April, posted a 3.04 ERA and 42/22 K/BB ratio over 50 1/3 innings last season with the Rays. He has held left-handed batters to a .241/.323/.351 batting line and a .675 OPS during his career. The Nationals have also been linked to him this offseason.

The Dodgers watched Randy Choate leave for a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Cardinals earlier this winter, so if signed, Howell will give the club a second left-handed reliever to go along with Scott Elbert.

  1. cadillacjosh - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    The Dodgers are linked to a FA?!

  2. lostsok - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Sweet. Not as lights out vs lefties, but way better against righties, than Choate. Solid signing.

  3. raysfan1 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Ow! Oh,we’ll. Best of luck, JP.

  4. westcoastredbird - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    You’re right about Choate! Stevie Wonder owns him. Ray Charles was 1 for 17 against him. But he owns leftys. With him, Ty Wigginton, and Jake Limmerman we had a great Christmas!

  5. chiefmac64 - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Interesting bullpen the Dodgers have put together. Imagine if they had traded for Hanrahan….

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