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J.P. Howell | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/25/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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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

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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

According to Dan Kolko of MASN Sports, J.P. Howell is the Nationals' top target on the free agent market to fill their void for a left-handed reliever.

Two of the three left-handers from the Nationals' 2012 bullpen, Tom Gorzelanny and Mike Gonzalez, have signed elsewhere in the past week, leaving a gaping hole. The free agent market drops off considerably after Howell, so they will likely intensify their pursuit in the coming days.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 10:17:00 PM

Bill Ladson of MLB.com hears that the Nationals, Phillies, Cubs, Mariners and Rangers have interest in J.P. Howell.

Howell appears to be the Nats' top choice to replace Sean Burnett, but they obviously have some competition. The left-hander struggled in 2011 in his first year back from shoulder surgery, but he rebounded nicely in 2012, posting a 3.04 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 42/22 K/BB ratio in 55 appearances for the Rays.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 11:53:00 PM

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have "checked in" on free agent left-hander J.P. Howell.

Howell, 29, is one of the top left-handed specialists on the free agent market. He's spent the last seven seasons with the Rays and posted a 3.04 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 42/22 K/BB ratio in 55 appearances in 2012. The Nationals are believed to be targeting Howell to replace Sean Burnett.
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 11:36:00 AM

Free agent J.P. Howell would like to return to the Rays but indicated Saturday that there are "a handful" of teams that have shown interest in signing him.

Howell added that he wasn't sure how quickly his decision would come. The 29-year-old posted a 3.04 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 42/22 K/BB ratio over 50 1/3 innings for the Rays in 2012, and is one of the finest left-handed specialists on the free agent market.
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 09:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Ellis
2Drew Butera
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Dee Gordon
2Justin Turner
SS1Hanley Ramirez
2Darwin Barney
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Scott Van Slyke
CF1Yasiel Puig
RF1Matt Kemp
2Andre Ethier
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Dan Haren
5Roberto Hernandez
6Kevin Correia
7Josh Beckett
8Paul Maholm
9Chad Billingsley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Brian Wilson
3J.P. Howell
4Chris Perez
5Brandon League
6Jamey Wright
7Paco Rodriguez
8Chris Withrow
9Onelki Garcia
10Pedro Baez