Mark Ellis, who was the Cardinals’ starting second base for several stretches this season when the team’s faith in Kolten Wong wavered, has been left off the roster for the NLDS.
Ellis signed a one-year, $5.25 million deal and then looked washed up at age 37, hitting .180 with zero homers and a .466 OPS in 73 games. Wong, meanwhile, hit .249 with 12 homers, 20 steals, and a .680 OPS in 113 games as a 23-year-old rookie.
In addition to Ellis, the Cardinals also did not include former closer Jason Motte and veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the NLDS roster, although we knew that was happening earlier in the week.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.