A.J. Ellis, Dodgers agree to deal

Updated: February 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and catcher A.J. Ellis avoided arbitration Saturday by agreeing to a $3.55 million contract that includes incentives.

The agreement leaves closer Kenley Jansen as the only remaining Dodgers player eligible for arbitration.

Jansen seeks $5.05 million and was offered $3.5 million by the club after receiving $512,000 last year.

Ellis sought $4.6 million and was offered $3 million by the Dodgers. He made $2 million last year, his second full season as the starting catcher. The Dodgers haven't had a case go to arbitration since 2007.

Ellis batted .238 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs and is credited for his work with a pitching staff that finished second to the Atlanta Braves with a 3.25 ERA last season.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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