By: John Mamola
The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed a one year contract with free agent reliever J.P. Howell. It is reported to be a deal worth $2.85 million plus incentives according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Howell, 29, went 1-0 with a 3.04 ERA in 55 games for the Rays in 2012, with 42 strikeouts and 22 walks in 50 1/3 innings.
The left handed reliever missed the entire '10 season with a shoulder injury that required surgery to repair a torn labrum. Howell, who attended Southern Cal and the University of Texas, was a first-round pick of the Royals in 2004 and was traded to the Rays in 2006.