Dodgers officially announce one-year deal J.P. Howell

by Matthew on January 7, 2013

The Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced the one-year deal they signed with pitcher J.P. Howell back on Friday.

The deal is worth $2.85 million, plus $1.2 million in performance bonuses, according to the team’s web site.

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The long-time Rays lefty has been a key part of the Tampa Bay Rays’ bullpen since the 2008 season, and despite the two sides keeping the door open on Howell returning for one more year, they went their separate ways. It’s unclear if Tampa even made an offer.

Howell comes to LA after overcoming a 2010 surgery on his left shoulder, forcing him to miss that season, but rebounded nicely in 2012 when he set a franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings (27 1/3).

The 29-year old was pursued by several suitors this offseason and posted a 3.04 ERA in 55 appearances last year.

Returning to Los Angeles will be a sort of homecoming for Howell who originally attended the University of Southern California before transferring to the University of Texas.

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