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Rockies working on a deal with J.P. Howell

Dec 12, 2013, 12:46 PM EST

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Now that the Nationals are out of the left-handed reliever market after finally finding their southpaw yesterday some of the other dominoes can start falling, with Troy Renck of the Denver Post reporting that the Rockies are deep in talks with J.P. Howell.

Howell is a soft-tosser, averaging just 87.4 miles per hour with his fastball in 2013, but he’s always managed a solid strikeout rate and threw 62 innings with a 2.04 ERA for the Dodgers this year.

At age 31–and with a sub-3.25 ERA in four of his past five seasons–Howell is no doubt in line for a multi-year deal.

  1. hittfamily - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Really liked JP in TB. I always felt bad for him. He was our closer, had arm trouble, came back awful, then had a good year in 2012. He could still only get a small 1 year deal.

  2. tcostant - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I wish the Nationals would get him to. This guy had a great year and the Nationals should have got him last year too.

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  4. spc7ray - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    why don’t the Dodgers get him–he is still very good

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