Posted January 16, 2012 on AP on Fox
Reliever J.P. Howell has agreed to a $1.35 million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, avoiding arbitration. The left-hander went 2-3 with a 6.16 ERA in 46 appearances last season, when he returned from left shoulder surgery that sidelined him all of the previous year. The 28-year-old earned $1.1 million in 2011. The deal reached Monday leaves the Rays with four players eligible for arbitration - centerfielder B.J. Upton and pitchers David Price, Jeff Niemann and Burke Badenhop.
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