The Los Angeles Dodgers wanted to bring back left handed reliever J.P. Howell. They are close to doing so.
Howell would be guaranteed $11.25 million on a recent two year offer made by the Dodgers, with a $6.25 million salary in 2016 if he makes 120 appearances the first two seasons.
The team would not confirm the agreement to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick but it is believed to be contingent on the passing of a physical exam.
Howell finished 2013 with a 4-1 record with a career-best 2.03 ERA.
The Dodgers bullpen is starting to take shape in front of closer Kenley Jansen. Brian Wilson has been re-signed, Paco Rodriguez, Brandon League, and Chris Withrow are also under contract. They could also add Jamey Wright.
Additionally the Dodgers have signed infielder Josh Bell and pitcher Sam Demel.