Aaron Gleeman

J.P. Howell opts into $6.25 million deal with Dodgers

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Left-hander J.P. Howell has decided to remain with the Dodgers in 2016, exercising his $6.25 million player option.

Howell is often overlooked because of his modest velocity, but he posted a 1.43 ERA in 44 innings this year and has a combined 2.64 ERA in 434 appearances dating back to 2008.

However, rather than test the open market in search of a multi-year contract at age 33 he’ll take the guaranteed payday and stay with the Dodgers for a fourth season. And if any team can afford to pay $6.25 million for a middle reliever it’s certainly Los Angeles.