Howell joins Brandon League as the second major addition to the Dodgers' bullpen this offseason. Howell, who will receive a one-year deal for $2.75 million. Howell, 29, had a 3.04 ERA in 50 1/3 innings last season out of the bullpen with the Tampa Bay Rays. The soft-tossing Howell joins a bullpen of predominantly right-handers, most of them hard throwers Brandon League, Kenley Jansen, Ronald Belisario, Matt Guerrier, Javy Guerra and Shawn Tolleson. The Dodgers wanted a veteran lefty because Scott Elbert is returning from elbow surgery and Paco Rodriguez has only one month of Major League experience. He was 6-1 with a 2.22 ERA in 64 games in '08 and followed that with a 2.84 ERA in 69 games in '09 before the injury.