Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed J P Howell on a two-year $11.5 million contract with a possible extension to 2016, according to nbclosangeles.com.

Howell’s performances for the Dodgers last season were the most consistent in the bullpen, averaging a 2.03 ERA in 62 innings with 54 strikeouts.

The 30-year-old left-hander could gain a contract extension worth $6.5 million if he makes 120 appearances over the next two years.

Howell signed from Tampa Bay Rays at the end of the 2012 season on a one-year $2.85 million deal and has impressed enough at the Dodgers to be offered a new contract.

His signature to the Dodgers leaves their bullpen looking largely similar to last season. Howell re-joins Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, Chris Withrow and Paco Rodrigeuz as pitchers.

In the Dodgers current roster Rodriguez and Howell are the only main lefty pitchers and the team still need to bring in other re-enforcements.

However, the Dodgers team will need to replace Ronal Belisario and Edinson Volquez who have departed from LA. This has made the Dodgers bench weak and lacking depth which will need to be addressed before spring training.

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