Dodgers reliever Howell exercises $6.25M option to return
The 32-year-old left-hander earned $4 million each of the last two years as part of a contract agreed to in December 2013 that included a $3 million signing bonus.
Howell, who left Tampa Bay to join the Dodgers, went 6-1 with a 1.43 ERA this season.
The team confirmed Howell's decision Thursday. If he had declined the option, he would have become a free agent.