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Dodgers Nearing Multi-Year Deal With Reliever Howell

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J.P. Howell #56 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

J.P. Howell #56 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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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.

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