Relief pitcher J.P. Howell and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a 2-year, $11.25 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The contract includes an option for the 2016 season.
Howell went 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 67 games with the Dodgers in 2013. He posted a 7.8 SO/9 rate and a 3.3 BB/9 rate as well. The reliable reliever should continue to be a nice assest to the Dodgers bullpen.
Howell receives a contract that is a little bit less than Javier Lopez's and Boone Logan's, but still will be able to stay with Los Angeles on a nice contract for both sides. The Dodgers get a nice reliever for only $5.75 million, and Howell gets to stay where he has been on a relitively good contract.