Los Angeles Dodgers Sign LHP J.P. Howell

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed left-handed reliever J.P. Howell to a one-year contract worth $2.85 million, as reported by Buster Olney of ESPN. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports added that Howell’s new deal gives him the potential to earn another $1.2 million in performance bonuses in 2013.

Howell will take place of southpaw Randy Choate, who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this offseason. He will join Brandon League, Kenley Jansen and others in the back end of Los Angeles’ bullpen.

Last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, Howell posted an ERA and WHIP of 3.04 and 1.212 with 7.5 strikeouts and 3.9 walks per nine innings. The 29-year-old owns a career ERA and WHIP of 4.42 and 1.385 over seven seasons at the major league level.

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