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LHP J.P. Howell signs with Dodgers

Updated: January 8, 2013, 7:09 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Left-hander J.P. Howell and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a $2.85 million, one-year contract.

The 29-year-old reliever was 1-0 with a 3.04 ERA in 55 games for the Tampa Bay Rays last season and held left-handed batters to a .200 average (17 for 85).

He has a 21-23 record with a 4.42 ERA in 33 starts and 234 relief appearances for Kansas City (2005) and Tampa Bay (2006-12).

Howell can earn $750,000 based on relief appearances: $75,000 for 50, $125,000 ...

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