LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to reaching an agreement on a multi-year deal with left-handed reliever J.P. Howell, according to reports.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the contract is for $11.25 million for two years with a $6.25 vesting option for a third year. The option will be guaranteed with 120 appearances over the next two seasons.
Howell, 30, had a decent season in Los Angeles in 2013, with a 2.03 ERA through 62 innings, striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings to 3.3 walks.
Howell is an eight-year veteran on the mound, going 4-1 in 2013. His career ERA is 4.10.
He recovered from a rough 2007 season, in which he went 1-6 with a 7.59 ERA to help the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 with a 6-1 record and a 2.22 ERA.