Aaron Gleeman

Dodgers, A.J. Ellis avoid arbitration for $4.5 million

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A.J. Ellis, who played sparingly as the Dodgers’ backup catcher in 2015, has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.

That’s a lot of money for a catcher slated to get 250 or so plate appearances playing behind starter Yasmani Grandal, but overpaying isn’t really something that ever bothers the Dodgers, they like his defense and on-base skills a lot, and he’s Clayton Kershaw‘s batterymate.

Ellis has a .345 career on-base percentage, including .355 this past season, and he gives the Dodgers’ a starting-caliber fallback option if Grandal struggles with injuries again.