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Toronto Blue Jays ink LHP J.P. Howell to $3 million deal

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Alex Butler
Former Tampa Bay Rays LHP J.P. Howell delivers a pitch to the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 17, 2008. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
Former Tampa Bay Rays LHP J.P. Howell delivers a pitch to the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 17, 2008. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt) | License Photo

Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Southpaw reliever J.P. Howell signed with the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday.

Howell will earn $3 million guaranteed on a one-year deal, according to reports.

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The 33-year-old had a 4.09 ERA in 64 appearances last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He owns a 3.77 career ERA. In his first three seasons for the Dodgers, Howell held a 1.97 ERA and had a 13-5 record in 200 appearances. He was drafted in 2004 by the Kansas City Royals in the supplemental draft and traded in 2006 to the Tampa Bay Devils Rays. He signed with the Dodgers as a free agent in 2013.

The San Francisco Giants also showed interest in the lefty this offseason, as noted by ESPN's Buster Olney.

Howell earned $6.25 million last season. The Blue Jays also finalized the same deal with right-hander Joe Smith.

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