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J.P. Howell contract details

The relief pitcher can earn a total of $4.6 million in 2013 if he hits all of his incentives.


The Dodgers on Monday finalized their one-year contract with relief pitcher J.P. Howell, which we knew to be valued at $2.85 million in base salary.

The signing gave the Dodgers 40 players on their 40-man roster, and gives them $228.5 million committed to 23 players in 2013, a figure that doesn't include the $25.7 million spent just for the right to negotiate with starting pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu.

But Howell can earn even more in 2013, thanks to bonuses built into the contract. Howell can earn up to an extra $1.75 million based on appearances, innings, and games finished, according to the Associated Press.

Howell can earn...

  • $75,000 for 50 appearances
  • $125,000 for 55 appearances
  • $150,000 for 60 appearances
  • $200,000 each for 65 and 70 appearances
  • $50,000 for each of 50, 55, 60, and 65 innings
  • $100,000 for 70 innings
  • $100,000 each for 30, 35, and 40 games finished
  • $200,000 each for 45 and 50 games finished

Howell appeared in 55 games, pitched 50⅓ innings, and finished 10 games in 2012. If he repeats those numbers in 2013, he will earn an additional $300,000.

The only time Howell has surpassed 10 games finished was in 2009, when he finished 41 games for the Rays. His career high in games pitched is 69, set in 2009, one year after he set a career best with 89⅓ innings pitched. He has reached 50 innings five times in his career, 60 innings three times, and 70 innings twice.