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Howell headed to Dodgers

Jan 5, 2013, 4:28 AM EDT

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J.P. Howell posted a 3.05 ERA in 55 games with the Rays last season.

The final free agent left-hander on the Nationals' radar is headed elsewhere.

J.P. Howell has come to terms on a one-year, $2.85 million contract with the Dodgers, according to multiple reports, electing to head west instead of coming to a Washington franchise that was interested in acquiring him.

Howell, 29, had become the Nationals' top left-handed target after they lost stalwart Sean Burnett to the Angels last month. Since then, they've also seen free agent Michael Gonzalez and the non-tendered Tom Gorzelanny sign with the Brewers.

With no other lefty relievers on the market that pique their interest, the Nationals face the possibility of entering spring training withoutRead more ยป

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  1. c715e5d6-9d22-11e1-a89a-000f20980440 - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Natsfan1a, I think Mark's countdown clock is a little slow. The Nationals' website shows 37 days until pitchers & catchers report. That matches my count . . . and I do have a degree in accounting, FWIW.Now, if I could just origami the next three weeks out of the calendar between now and NatsFest. Do we actually need January?ArVAFan

  2. baseballswami - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Can we fast forward??

  3. natsfan1a - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Well, he *did* post it before the actual report day was announced, and note that it was an estimate, so I think it's okay. ;-)I'd be willing to skip the remainder of the month, as so far it's featured a sick car, a broken furnace, and leaking water valves on the home front. Of course, I do have that pesky work deadline next week, so maybe wait until after that. c715e5d6-9d22-11e1-a89a-000f20980440 said… Natsfan1a, I think Mark's countdown clock is a little slow. The Nationals' website shows 37 days until pitchers & catchers report. That matches my count . . . and I do have a degree in accounting, FWIW. Now, if I could just origami the next three weeks out of the calendar between now and NatsFest. Do we actually need January? ArVAFan January 06, 2013 9:44 PM

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