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The Dodgers agreed to a one-year $2.75MM deal with left-hander J.P. Howell. There are some incentive in the deal according to Buster Olney. Not sure of the total value yet, but I am always down for extra motivation.
Howell, 29, missed the end of the 2009 season, all of the 2010 season, and part of the 2011 season as well. Howell is a bit of an injury risk, he’s got a wild card factor, but his upside is well worth the risk here. Howell has struggled with control for his entire career, but his strikeout rate has been remarkable, to the point of outweighing his control issue.
2012 wasn’t exactly a great year for Howell, bouncing back poorly after his trio of injury plagued seasons. His strikeout rate plummeted, but his ERA went up, his FIP sunk as well, so it’s hard to say what 2013 will bring. Still, I like the signing and what he brings to a very deep bullpen.
Here is what I don’t like about the deal, his overall fit is a bit questionable on the surface. After all, the Dodgers already have Scott Elbert, Paco Rodriguez, and probably Ted Lilly, but the Dodgers can afford to spend some money on a veteran to add stability to the bullpen. The reality is there is little risk here and some upside if he ever gets back to his old form, but don’t count on him being a huge upgrade, more of a depth move than anything else.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers, continuing to bolster their bullpen, are on the verge of announcing a deal with free-agent left-hander J.P. Howell, major-league sources say.
The contract will be for one year and $2.75 million, according to a source, who confirmed a report by the Los Angeles Times, which first said that Howell and the Dodgers were closing in on an agreement.
The Dodgers are moving towards signing left-handed reliever J.P. Howell to a one-year contract, according to people with knowledge of the situation. If finalized, the deal is expected to be worth 2.75 million.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing a one-year deal with left-handed reliever J.P. Howell, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports.
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The Dodgers have agreed to sign J.P. Howell on a one-year deal worth $2.75 million, with performance bonuses that can take that higher.
J.P. Howell agreed to terms with the Dodgers. A left-hander for a very deep bullpen.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 5, 2013
Howell gets a one-year deal with LAD, for just under $3 million in base salary, and performance bonuses.
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The Dodgers add another arm to the pen with the Howell signing.
Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times tweeted the Dodgers a closing in on a 1-year deal with left-handed reliever J.P. Howell.
"Source: #Dodgers moving toward a one-year deal with left-hander J.P. Howell. Contract still hasn't been finalized."
See, I wouldn't lie to you.
Buster Olney went one step further.
"J.P. Howell agreed to terms with the Dodgers...
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.
The precise salary for Howell with the Dodgers is $2.85 million, in his one-year deal...
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