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Dodgers finalize two-year, $8.75 million deal with Mark Ellis

Nov 15, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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UPDATE: It’s a done deal now. Two years and $8.75 million, with an option for 2014.

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Not having an owner isn’t stopping the Dodgers from spending money this offseason.

Matt Kemp‘s eight-year, $160 million contract is all but finalized and now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers are “on the verge” of signing free agent second baseman Mark Ellis to a two-year contract.

According to Olney the deal is worth around $4.5 million per season, which is a big commitment for a 35-year-old who hit just .248 with a .288 on-base percentage and .346 slugging percentage in 132 games for the A’s and Rockies this season.

Ellis gets $1 million more per season than 38-year-old Jamey Carroll got from Minnesota last week, but Carroll is expected to play shortstop and is coming off the two best seasons of his career.

In his prime Ellis was an elite, underrated defender with a decent bat, but few players remain huge assets defensively beyond their mid-30s and Ellis has just 12 homers in 256 games during the past two seasons after posting double-digit homers every year from 2005-2009.

  1. hep3 - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    This would be a typical Ned Colletti transaction.

    Ellis at 2B and Juan Uribe at 3B (with $14 million left)? I don’t think SS Dee Gordon has that much range to cover all of that ground.

    • clydeserra - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      Ellis is still quite good defensively at 2nd. He isn’t much with the bat though.

  2. dodger88 - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Matt Kemp. Only thinking about Matt Kemp……………………………..

  3. lanflfan - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    That’s our Ned, follow up a great move with a brain dead one. I can’t wait until Needle Head Ned is our former GM.

    • hep3 - Nov 14, 2011 at 6:57 PM

      I think Ned might be still on the Giants payroll.

  4. andrebeingandre16 - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    hey, look at it this way….in 2010 ellis had a .358 obp! only one year removed!

  5. APBA Guy - Nov 14, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    I loved Mark Ellis when he was with Oakland, he helped Cliff Pennington improve and was never rewarded with a Gold Glove despite incredible defensive years. But that was then. He is now incapable of any offensive threat, and at his age, some defensive regression is to be expected. I guess LA has more money than we thought they did. But with Ellis in the lineup he has to bat 8th.

  6. SmackSaw - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Loney…Ellis…Gordon…Uribe…A.J. Ellis behind the plate.

    All the Dodgers need is 1965 Koufax and Drysdale and their all set.

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