He had the nice, pretty ERA but
That was buoyed by a career low BABIP of .241 compared to a career average of .285 (but just .252 as a reliever) and a career low HR/FB rate of 4.3% compared to a career average of 12.6%.
Expect Howell to give up more hits and more home runs next season.
I don't like this signing much. Is it just me or is it crazy to have these relievers making this much money? The team always managed to have a strong bullpen with guys like Guerra closing. Relievers are really up and down with much money invested they can't really afford to miss. With guys making this much money can they team just cut them? They could end up getting stuck having to play 2 or 3 struggling relievers if things go wrong.