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Storylines: Toronto Blue Jays ink lefty J.P. Howell to one year deal

Teams continue to sign players as spring training nears. We run down all the news and notes from around baseball on Tuesday...

Top Storylines:

- The Toronto Blue Jays have found their replacement for Brett Cecil as they have signed left-handed reliever J.P. Howell to a one-year, $3MM deal per Buster Olney of ESPN.com.  The Blue Jays had a void in their bullpen after their most reliable lefty option in Cecil departed and joined the St. Louis Cardinals.  Signing Howell looks to fill that void.  The southpaw tossed 50.2 innings of 4.09 ERA ball with a 7.8 SO/9 ratio with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016.  Despite his lack his lack of velocity, he was able to post an impressive 59.1% groundball ratio, though allowed a .299 average and .752 OPS against left-handed hitters last season.

Indians news:

- The Indians are reportedly in agreement on a minor league contract with outfielder Wily Mo Pena per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. If he makes the active roster he would get $700K. He hasn’t played in the states since 2011.

Other Storylines:

- Free agent slugger Chris Carter is considering traveling overseas to play in Japan for the 2017 season per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Despite slugging a career-high 42 home runs last year with the Milwaukee Brewers, his high strikeout numbers and expensive price tag in arbitration motivated them to cut ties with him by non-tendering him in the offseason.  Carter has the right-handed pop a lot of teams covet but is a defensive liability and struggles to reach base consistently due to his swing-and-miss power.

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