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By The Sports Xchange December 17, 2013 9:02 PM
The Los Angeles Dodgers reached an agreement to re-sign left-handed pitcher J.P. Howell to a two-year, $11.5 million contract, ESPN reported Tuesday. Along with the $11.5 million in guaranteed money is a $6.25 million vesting option for 2016. The deal is expected to be announced Thursday after Howell passes his physical. Howell, 30, became a free agent after spending the 2013 season with the Dodgers. He was 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA this past season, and left-handed batters hit just .164 against him.