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J.P. Howell | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
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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Blue Jays signed LHP J.P. Howell to a one-year, $3 million contract.
The deal was agreed upon in late January and then finalized Thursday after Howell passed his physical. The soft-tossing southpaw posted a 4.09 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 64 appearances last season for the Dodgers, but he held a dominant 1.97 ERA over 200 appearances with Los Angeles between 2013-2015. He'll work as a lefty specialist for Toronto. Feb 9 - 11:26 AM

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Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent left-hander J.P Howell.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the contract will be worth $3 million guaranteed, though Howell still has to pass his pre-signing physical. The soft-tossing southpaw posted a rough 4.09 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 64 appearances last season for the Dodgers, but he had a stellar 1.97 ERA in 200 appearances out of the Los Angeles bullpen between 2013-2015. Toronto will obviously be hoping for a bounceback in 2017.
Jan 31 - 5:45 PM

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.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 01:47:00 PM

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Juan Graterol
4Michael Ohlman
1B1Justin Smoak
2Steve Pearce
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3Gregorio Petit
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
4Richard Urena
5Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Melvin Upton
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Jose Tabata
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
7T.J. House
8Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Brett Oberholtzer
10Dominic Leone
11Gavin Floyd
12Jeff Beliveau
13Lucas Harrell
14Matt Dermody