A.J. Ellis and the Los Angeles Dodgers have avoided salary arbitration by coming to terms on a deal worth $3.55 million, according to Joel Sherman. The deal includes incentives based on games started and plate appearances, with Ellis earning $50,000 for 100 games, and another $50,000 for reaching 115. Ellis will receive another $50,000 by reaching 450 plate appearances, which makes these incentives reasonably attainable for the starting catcher of the last two seasons. The incentives bring the deal much closer to the midpoint between what Ellis had requested and what the Dodgers submitted as their offer.
Ellis has been solid behind the plate for the Dodgers, and is regarded for his ability to handle the outstanding rotation that the Dodgers boast. His hitting was down (.238/.318/.364) from his debut season, though his value is unquestioned as a backstop and team leader.
The only remaining arbitration case for the Dodgers is with closer Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers have not reached arbitration since 2007 with Joe Beimel, a case which they won. Jansen has requested $5.05 million and the Dodgers have countered with $3.5 million.
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