Dodgers Add J.P. Howell to Bullpen

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I took this during spring training last year. Never thought I’d actually get to put it to use.

In not-at-all unexpected news: J.P. Howell is going to be the newest member of the Dodger bullpen, reports Dylan Hernandez. I say not unexpected because I’ve been alluding to it for a while, and I might have actually had this news out hours ago had I not been out of touch at a concert… but hey, if my choices are watching Weezer’s entire Blue Album being performed by a band who isn’t Weezer or trying to break news about a lefty reliever, I’m not too disappointed with my selection.

Back to Howell, the California native was one of the better lefty relievers in baseball in 2008-09 before missing all of 2010 and part of 2011 with shoulder surgery. He spent much of that time rehabbing in Los Angeles, where he and his wife met while freshmen at USC. (Howell spent just the one year there before transferring to the University of Texas.) He struggled badly while attempting to return in 2011 and was somewhat better in 2012 (3.04 ERA / 4.78 FIP), though not close to his peak. Still, he held lefties to just a .200/.306/.306 line in 2012, and that’s something this bullpen badly needed since Scott Elbert isn’t a true LOOGY (and his coming off surgery of his own).

Howell reportedly will get $2.85m, and while you could argue that’s a lot for a good-but-not-great reliever, this is also a world where 78-year-old Randy Choate gets three guaranteed years, so I can’t find a lot to argue with here. His signing, once official, would fill the 40-man roster, so a move would need to be made if and when other additions happen. This also almost certainly bumps Paco Rodriguez to the Isotopes.

This is now the fifth move the Dodgers have made this winter, four of which have come on the pitching side. I’m guessing it’s safe to say the next move will be to add a position player, whether that’s a righty outfielder or a first base option.

116 comments
Tntfan13
Tntfan13

What about the Cuban youngster Aledmys Diaz, could he help our infield and are the Dodgers even considering him?

 

NTAC
NTAC

Anybody concerned about his BB/9?  I am.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

"Kobe sends first tweet from his twitter account."

 

I'll take headlines nobody would have predicted in 2005. 

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

I just watched 45 seconds of Jeff Ross' TV shows and I think I want to cancel my cable now. 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Damn am I sick of basketball. 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Say what you want about Howell but at least its a 1 yr deal.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

That picture of Kenley from the previous post looks like it was snapped on his way to grabbing his crotch

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

Let's play Guess the LOOGY.  Lifetime splits vs. LH hitters:

 

LOOGY A-.241/.323/.351

LOOGY B-.201/.278/.284

ccaarrllooss
ccaarrllooss

 @NTAC A bit yeah, but I feel as if he'll have a different role with the Dodgers than what he did previously. I feel as if before, he wasn't a strict LOOGY but just a one inning reliever, and I think he'll be used more often as a LOOGY rather than as a one inning reliever, so we might see different trends for him. The walks are a bit scary but I trust the pitching staff to use him nicely. 

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@NTAC walks seem to always turn into runs in late innings.

Lobo
Lobo

@Bob Meripol He's a guy that has ridiculous hot and cold streaks. He'll have a week where he hits 5 home runs and then one where he strikes out 3 times a game. That being said, as a pinch hitter and lefty platoon partner with Ethier and/or Crawfors he could be extremely valuable.

ccaarrllooss
ccaarrllooss

 @Bob Meripol wait, scratch what I said about 3B... seems as if he is mostly a LFer, but point remains that I think he'd cost a bit considering age and what they feel his upside is. 

ccaarrllooss
ccaarrllooss

 @Bob Meripol a lot considering he is only 23, regarded pretty highly in the ChiSox organization, and 3B is a position that is thinner than Dee Gordon. 

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

@darknesssss I love Paco as much as everyone here but that slash line was in a very small sample size. Let the kid get some more polish in AA. He'll be back.

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

 @darknesssss Paco will start in Chattanooga and if picks up where he left off (dominating in a very small sample size), he'll be in LA this year if either Howell or Elbert get hurt or suck. For sure in Sept again.

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*VND*

Thats a pretty poorly evolved creature. Mustve come into existence along with The Straw

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It doesnt open and close?

Jobu
Jobu

@EephusBlue At a non-Soriano price to boot. He fills a need for this coming season and has demonstrated his ability (again good, not elite, but also not a prospect built on hope and a prayer)

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Dude has a half inch vertical

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Dodger? Kuo with B

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@Deuce B is Mr. Leg Kick himself, KUO!!

Jobu
Jobu

@Deuce @Amy Wong, Ph.D. Candidate Because you are including the year with his shoulder injury. If you look at his progression, JP is moving back to his pre-shoulder levels. We need a seasoned lefty in the pen not a prospect being pushed before he is close to being ready.

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Kandy Man!!!

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Dodgers are my mainstay, never sway.

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DINGERS!

@Amy Wong, Ph.D. Candidate We only suffered 25 years w/o a world series. Still not as bad as that drought the Gnats had till 2010 ;) I keed I keed

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Olowokandi even broke my heart. I like franchises with a history of failure...

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Nah i still gotta fit

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This Laker Clipper Tweetbattle on da twitterz is MEH

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Is A Elbert?