Dodgers Sign Mark Ellis

Check another item off the Dodgers' winter to-do list, as the team officially signed second baseman Mark Ellis to a two-year, $8.75MM deal that includes a team option for 2014.  Dylan Hernandez has the contract breakdown; only $2.5MM is owed to Ellis in 2012.  He can earn an additional $125K per year in plate appearance-based incentives.   

EllisWith Dee Gordon penciled in at shortstop and Juan Uribe at third, second base was considered one of the Dodgers' offseason needs.  Ellis, 34, hit .248/.288/.346 in 519 plate appearances for the Athletics and Rockies this year.  He's best known for his strong second base defense.  Assuming the current free agent compensation system remains in place for this offseason, the Rockies will receive a supplemental draft pick for losing the Type B free agent.

Ellis' deal may have been based on Omar Infante's September pact with the Marlins.  Ellis is represented by TWC Sports.

It's been an active offseason for Dodgers GM Ned Colletti amid recent news of the team going up for sale.  Colletti reached an agreement with Matt Kemp on an eight-year, $160MM deal yesterday, signed Juan Rivera for $4.5MM, and made an offer to Ryan Doumit.

ESPN's Buster Olney broke the story of Ellis' agreement, with Ken Rosenthal adding the total and the option info.  Photo courtesy of Icon SMI.


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85 Comments on "Dodgers Sign Mark Ellis"


vtadave
3 years 9 months ago

Meh….would much rather have seen Kelly Johnson signed.

Hopefully the Dodgers get the 2010 Ellis and 2011 Kemp, and not the other way around.

DodgerDen
3 years 9 months ago

100% agree … #1 choice was Aaron Hill and #2 was Mark Ellis or else let Sellers try to win the job UGH!!

DodgerDen
3 years 9 months ago

100% agree … #1 choice was Aaron Hill and #2 was Mark Ellis or else let Sellers try to win the job UGH!!

3 years 9 months ago

well kelly johnson isn’t all that great either..

vtadave
3 years 9 months ago

Never said he was “great”, but he’s got pop and he’s five years younger.

3 years 9 months ago

well kelly johnson isn’t all that great either..

3 years 9 months ago

This is crack crazy

BrocNessMonster
3 years 9 months ago

Awful…  as bad as the Dodgers were in 2011, this team may set a records for worst on base percentage for a team ever.

Cam Hodgson-Dwyer
3 years 9 months ago

8.75 mil?

I’d much rather give Justin Sellers or Ivan Dejesus Jr a shot at the league minimum. Ellis’ defense is strong, but the lack of bat does hurt.

monkeydung
3 years 9 months ago

ugh. ugh. gah. grr.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 9 months ago

Seems like a little bit of an overpay.

3 years 9 months ago

7 million over 2 years would’ve been more appropriate, but if he builds off his resurgence with Colorado, I can stomach this contract.

3 years 9 months ago

7 million over 2 years would’ve been more appropriate, but if he builds off his resurgence with Colorado, I can stomach this contract.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 9 months ago

Seems like a little bit of an overpay.

thegrayrace
3 years 9 months ago

Another infielder with mediocre OBP. Just what the Dodgers needed!

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

he wishes his OBP was mediocre

thegrayrace
3 years 9 months ago

Another infielder with mediocre OBP. Just what the Dodgers needed!

3 years 9 months ago

The Dodgers are overpaying, Matt Kemp included.

3 years 9 months ago

Because Kemp could have been had for less on the open market, right?

vtadave
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah the way to bring fans back would have been to let Kemp test the open market.

3 years 9 months ago

What I’m saying is that the Dodgers paid Kemp exactly what he has been worth over the last 4 years on average, for the next 8 years. There is little or no room for the Dodgers to profit from the deal. 

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 9 months ago

Profit from the deal? I thought we were talking baseball here.

3 years 9 months ago

I guess the dodgers aren’t making the playoffs again this season..

Gumby65
3 years 9 months ago

Um… This would hardly be a straw to break or heal a camel’s back.

hartvig
3 years 9 months ago

While I agree with you, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where a team with an infield of Uribe, Gordon, Ellis & Loney could possibly compete for a division title. I think we’ve seen the best that Kemp, Ethier & Loney have to offer and would guess we’ll probably see a at least little regression from Kemp and more than a little from Loney and the only person with probable upside over this year would be Gordon. Kemp and their starting pitching is enough to keep them around .500. I don’t see anything here to take them over that.

3 years 9 months ago

Don’t disagree with your general sentiment, but Loney’s OPS last year was .755 and his career OPS is .778. By definition, it isn’t even possible for Loney to regress next year. 

vtadave
3 years 9 months ago

Really? So not signing Ellis would mean that they DO make the playoffs?

3 years 9 months ago

Makes perfect sense! Every player not signed equals more numbers in the W column!

3 years 9 months ago

I guess the dodgers aren’t making the playoffs again this season..

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

slightly better than Carroll. similar deal. Not bad.

3 years 9 months ago

Not bad at all. Apparently every fan posting on here expected .300 BA and .360 OBP for the same price…

He’s legit defensively, a quality clubhouse veteran, and has a career .266 BA and .331 OBP. 

Slightly overpaid, but not a mistake by any means.

sf55forlife
3 years 9 months ago

really? I’m not sure he is better than Carroll at all when you consider injury history and the ability to play multiple positions if necessary.

Joey E
3 years 9 months ago

ive always loved mark ellis, and the way this offseason has been with the contracts, whatever

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 9 months ago

People are mad about the money in the deal but it was not so much a bad move by Ned, the bar was set by other free agent 2B’s. And clearly Ned doesn’t feel Sellers or DeJesus Jr. are ready to play everyday at the MLB level.

And I can also guarantee that this move by the Dodgers is making a division rival, the Rockies, scramble to find their own second basemen as they’re really isn’t an internal option.

3 years 9 months ago

hey at least it wasnt another Juan Uribe deal. i was hoping to get kelly johnson first then hill but ellis isn’t that bad. would i have rather seen that money spent elsewhere sure but its not a killer contract.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 9 months ago

I hope to see Kelly Johnson in a Rox uni if they miss out on Prado. I understand the idea of the money being spent elsewhere but the club clearly feels Sellers/DeJesus are not the answers right now.

3 years 9 months ago

hey at least it wasnt another Juan Uribe deal. i was hoping to get kelly johnson first then hill but ellis isn’t that bad. would i have rather seen that money spent elsewhere sure but its not a killer contract.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 9 months ago

People are mad about the money in the deal but it was not so much a bad move by Ned, the bar was set by other free agent 2B’s. And clearly Ned doesn’t feel Sellers or DeJesus Jr. are ready to play everyday at the MLB level.

And I can also guarantee that this move by the Dodgers is making a division rival, the Rockies, scramble to find their own second basemen as they’re really isn’t an internal option.

mister_rob
3 years 9 months ago

If Ned really wanted a bad obp and no power from 2nd base, he should have called Theo and asked about Darwin Barney and his 400K salary

I mean is a 300obp/340slg really that hard to find?

Joey E
3 years 9 months ago

darwin is young
ned only goes for vets

3 years 9 months ago

lol by vets you mean over the hill like casey blake? sure lets trade our best hitting prospect for a great hitter like blake. wish u could take that one back huh Ned

Bryce_Ridenour
3 years 9 months ago

I couldn’t agree more. I am actually not a big hater of Ned but after looking at all the terrible deals he has made I sure hope the new owner gets a new staff in the office! That trade was ridiculous!

Bryce_Ridenour
3 years 9 months ago

I couldn’t agree more. I am actually not a big hater of Ned but after looking at all the terrible deals he has made I sure hope the new owner gets a new staff in the office! That trade was ridiculous!

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 9 months ago

i wouldn’t trust the dodgers trading with epstein

3 years 9 months ago

oh god no, theo would screw the hell out of us.

101andCounting
3 years 9 months ago

It’s been so long since the Cubs have been the screwer instead of the screwee…

Every time Theo Epstein makes a deal, an angel gets its wings.

JST1331
3 years 9 months ago

Is it me or does this guy always seem to land pricey contracts even with his mediocre hitting ability.

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 9 months ago

hey Ryan Doumit!  Stick that in your pipe and smoke it

Emmitt_Smith
3 years 9 months ago

The Dodgers are a satire of modern American society.

CAD_Monkey
3 years 9 months ago

Well, at least we haven’t sent scouts to Japan to watch a player pitch when he has the day off, yet…

nebelski
3 years 9 months ago

What the heck?  LOL… 2 years and >$8M???  Seems like an odd price to pay.