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Dodgers re-sign left-handed reliever J.P. Howell to a two-year, $11.5 million contract

Dec 17, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

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From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Dodgers finalized a two-year contract with left-hander J.P. Howell on Tuesday afternoon.

The two-year pact, which carries $11.5 million in guaranteed money along with a $6.25 million vesting option for 2016, will be officially announced Thursday after Howell passes his pre-signing physical exam.

Howell drew heavy free agent interest this winter from the Rockies, but they opted for a three-year, $16.5 million agreement with southpaw Boone Logan. Howell, 30, registered an outstanding 2.03 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 62 innings this past summer for Los Angeles while holding left-handed batters to a hopeless .164/.225/.227 slash line.

  1. dcfan4life - Dec 17, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    A top lefty getting top reliever money from a top team with a top payroll. Makes sense. Good move.

  2. NYTolstoy - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    Another good addition with Howell and before that Wilson. Their bullpen is solid that rotation of Kershaw, Grienke, Ryu, ect. Not even counting that lineup of A-gon, Ramirez, Crawford, Kemp, Puig. . .that team is so fully loaded I can’t imagine them not winning 95+ games. I know we should not count a team on paper we all learned it doesn’t always work I.E. Toronto. Still with last year under their belt the team seems more united and stronger then ever. I feel bad for a team like the Padres and Rockies who have to compete in that division. Atleast Dodgers are spending the money they make, can’t hate that.

  3. ezthinking - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Where’s hittfamily at? He was right, Howell didn’t get $16 mil guaranteed, he just got more AAV and a shot at an extra $1.75 mil over his prediction. He should be an agent.

    • hittfamily - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      This is in referance to me saying Cory Wade was over paid right? Howell is the superior pitcher, and he just signed for 5 mil less than Cory Wade. I think my view of the Rockies overspending on a LOOGY was pretty dead on.

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