Howell in the Fold
Just exchanged texts with J.P. Howell and he said he has a deal with the Rays for $1.8 million this season.
According to the Rays left-hander, the deal also includes incentives.
Thus, the Rays have reached deals with Howell and Jason Bartlett ($4 million) and appear headed for arbitration with B.J. Upton, which leaves only Matt Garza. Have not heard anything about the Rays right-hander yet.