A.J. Ellis gets $2 million deal

Updated: January 18, 2013, 5:00 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Dodgers reached one-year contract agreements with their only two arbitration-eligible players Friday, avoiding a potentially acrimonious process that could have dragged into spring training.

Catcher A.J. Ellis will make $2 million next season, and reliever Ronald Belisario will earn $1.45 million. Both players were eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Ellis, 31, played his first full season as an every-day catcher and batted .270 with a .373 on-base percentage and 13 home runs. Belisario, who will represent Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, was 8-1 with a 2.54 ERA in 68 appearances.

Belisario missed the entire 2011 season because he was unable to obtain a visa to enter the United States and the beginning of last season after failing a drug test.

The Dodgers haven't gone to an arbitration hearing since 2007.

Mark Saxon

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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