The Dodgers and catcher A.J. Ellis have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.55 million contract, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Ellis requested $4.6 million and was offered $3 million from the Dodgers when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. The two sides settled for $250,000 under the midpoint, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that he’ll have the chance to make up the difference if he reaches bonuses based on games started and plate appearances. The 32-year-old backstop was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and remains under team control though 2016.
Dodgers, A.J. Ellis avoid arbitration with one-year deal
Hardball Talk | Feb 1