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J.P. Howell | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/25/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Texas
Drafted: 2004 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / KC
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According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants have expressed interest in free agent J.P. Howell.
Howell was a disappointment with the Dodgers in 2016, registering a 4.09 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 64 appearances, but he did produce a brilliant 1.97 ERA between 2013-2015. Pretty much every team in baseball is seeking lefty relief help. He should do well for himself in this market as a 33-year-old potential bounceback candidate. Dec 5 - 1:47 PM

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J.P. Howell exercised his $6.25 million player option for the 2016 season.

The news comes as a surprise. Howell registered a shiny 1.43 ERA in 65 appearances this past season for Los Angeles and probably could have scored a two- or three-year deal on the free agent market, worth as much or more than $6.25 million annually. Instead he'll return as a major piece of the Dodgers' bullpen in 2016.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 12:10:00 AM

J.P. Howell (groin) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday.

Howell skipped a scheduled bullpen session Sunday due to tightness in his left groin. The southpaw has experienced similar discomfort in previous spring trainings, so it's not a major concern. He should be ready to return to action soon.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 12:46:00 PM

J.P. Howell skipped a scheduled bullpen session Sunday due to tightness in his left groin.

Howell felt the discomfort after pitching an inning in a Cactus League game on Friday. He doesn't think it's a big deal and simply wants to play it safe here in early March. The left-handed setup man should be back up on a mound by the end of this week.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 11:18:00 AM

Dodgers re-signed LHP J.P. Howell to a two-year, $11 million contract.

The deal also includes a $6.25 million club option for 2016 with a $250,000 buyout. Howell put up a 2.03 ERA and 1.05 WHIP across 62 innings this past season for Los Angeles. He'll be used as the club's primary left-handed setup man again.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 02:23:00 PM

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Dodgers have reached a two-year deal with J.P. Howell.

It will carry $11.25 million in guaranteed money and also includes a $6.25 million vesting option for 2016. Howell drew interest from a range of teams, but the Dodgers outbid them all to bring him back. The veteran left-hander posted a dominant 2.03 ERA and 1.05 WHIP across 62 innings this past season for Los Angeles.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 04:44:00 PM

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are closing in on a multi-year contract with J.P. Howell.

Gurnick says the southpaw will get a guaranteed $11.25 million over two seasons, with $6.25 million vesting option for 2016. Howell had a number of suitors, but he returns to where he thrived last season. The veteran reliever posted a 2.03 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 62 innings for the Dodgers in 2013.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 09:06:00 PM

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have made "real progress" in contract talks with reliever J.P. Howell.

Howell, 30, had a 2.03 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 62 innings this past season while holding left-handed batters to a .164/.225/.227 bating line. The Dodgers reportedly have interest in bringing him back.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 11:33:00 AM

J.P. Howell and the Dodgers continue to discuss a possible return, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

Howell was fantastic in his one season with the club, posting a 2.03 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 62 innings this past season. The 30-year-old was especially tough on lefties, allowing just a .164/.225/.227 line. He fits what the Dodgers are looking for, as they're still shopping for a late-game lefty reliever.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 04:55:00 PM

J.P. Howell has dropped the appeal of his two-game suspension.

Howell will be eligible to return Monday. He was one of four players to receive a multi-game suspension for his role during Tuesday's brawl with the Diamondbacks.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 02:13:00 PM

Major League Baseball has suspended J.P. Howell two games for his role during Tuesday's brawl with the Diamondbacks.

Howell was more involved than most during the fracas, so he was one of four to receive a multi-game suspension. He's likely to appeal.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 01:25:00 PM

J.P. Howell's first season in Los Angeles is off to a strong start, as the left-hander has a 2.89 ERA through 19 appearances for the Dodgers.

Coming off a stellar 2012 campaign, having posted a 3.04 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 42/22 K/BB ratio in 55 appearances for the Rays, Howell inked a one-year, $2.85 million contract with the Dodgers. Howell is allowing a few more base runners this season (1.34 WHIP compared to 1.21 in 2012), but his strikeout rate is slightly up and, more importantly, he hasn't surrendered a home run yet.
Wed, May 22, 2013 04:59:00 AM

Dodgers signed LHP J.P. Howell to a one-year, $2.85 million contract.

He can also earn an additional $1.2 million in performance-based incentives, so the deal could wind up being worth a bit over $4 million. Howell is coming off a nice 2012 campaign, having posted a 3.04 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 42/22 K/BB ratio in 55 appearances for the Rays.
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 08:16:00 PM

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Dodgers and J.P. Howell have reached an agreement on a one-year, $2.85 million contract.

The deal also includes $1.2 million in performance-based incentives. It's a terrific addition to the backend of the Dodgers' bullpen. It's a tough blow for the Nationals, who were said to be the top suitor of Howell and will now be forced to settle for a much weaker left-handed reliever on the free agent market.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 09:09:00 PM

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers and J.P. Howell are closing in on a one-year deal.

Nothing is finalized yet, and potential terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Howell is the top left-handed reliever remaining on the free agent market and would join a formidable bullpen that already boasts Kenley Jansen, Brandon League and Ronald Belisario.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 08:52:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
3Kyle Farmer
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Enrique Hernandez
2Charlie Culberson
3Micah Johnson
SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Rob Segedin
LF1Andrew Toles
2Trayce Thompson
3Andre Ethier
4Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Darin Ruf
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Rich Hill
3Kenta Maeda
4Scott Kazmir
5Julio Urias
6Brandon McCarthy
7Jose De Leon
8Hyun-Jin Ryu
9Ross Stripling
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Pedro Baez
2Grant Dayton
3Josh Fields
4Alex Wood
5Josh Ravin
6Adam Liberatore
7Luis Avilan
8Chris Hatcher
9Vidal Nuno
10Yimi Garcia
11Louis Coleman
12Brock Stewart
13Carlos Frias
14Patrick Schuster