Dodgers avoid arbitration with A.J. Ellis at $4.25 million

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According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Dodgers have avoided salary arbitration with catcher A.J. Ellis on a one-year, $4.25 million agreement. Ellis was arbitration-eligible for the second time in his career.

That’s a large sum of money for a player who will be in a backup role in 2015 — the Dodgers acquired Yasmani Grandal from the Padres this winter to be their starting catcher — but Los Angeles is obviously on a different planet budget-wise than other teams.

Ellis hit .191/.232/.254 in 347 plate appearances last season while earning $3.55 million.