The Dodgers have agreed to terms with lefty reliever J.P. Howell, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. Earlier Monday night, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com wrote that Howell was closing in on a deal that included a guaranteed $11.25 million and a $6.25-million option for 2016, which would automatically vest if Howell logs a combined 120 appearances over the next two seasons.
Howell, 30, is coming off a 2013 season with the Dodgers in which he posted a 2.03 ERA and 2.35 K/BB ratio in 62 innings of work. Over that span, he limited left-handed batters to a slash line of .164/.225/.227. For his career, Howell has pitched to a 103 ERA+ and 2.05 K/BB in parts of eight major-league seasons.