Lefty J.P. Howell avoids arbitration

Updated: January 17, 2012, 12:55 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- J.P. Howell has agreed to a $1.35 million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, avoiding arbitration.

The left-hander went 2-3 with a 6.16 ERA in 46 appearances last season, when he returned from left shoulder surgery that sidelined him all of the previous year.

The 28-year-old Howell had a $1.1 million base salary in 2011 and earned an additional $175,000 in performance bonuses based on innings.

The deal reached Monday leaves the Rays with four players eligible for arbitration -- center fielder B.J. Upton and pitchers David Price, Jeff Niemann and Burke Badenhop.


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