Toronto Blue Jays finalize $3M deals with J.P. Howell, Joe Smith
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher J.P. Howell throws out Toronto Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus at first base after fielding his ground ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP / Phelan M. Ebenhack)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, February 9, 2017 8:49PM EST
TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays finalized one-year deals with left-hander J.P. Howell and right-hander Joe Smith on Thursday.
Both contracts are for US$3 million.
The 33-year-old Howell pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006-12, then spent the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 1-1 last year with a 4.09 ERA, his highest since 2011. He struck out 44 and walked 15 in 50 2/3 innings.
Howell started his big league career with Kansas City in 2005 and has a 35-29 record with a 3.77 ERA in 33 starts and 498 relief appearances.
Smith split 2016 between the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs, going 2-5 with a 3.46 earned-run average over 52 innings.
Toronto designated catcher A.J. Jimenez for assigment to make room for Smith on the 40-man roster and desingated left-hander Chad Girodo for Howell's roster spot.