With October coming up around the corner, the Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping to get their team stacked up and ready to make a playoff run.

It seems that the Dodgers are willing to do whatever it takes in order to create that winning environment. Even if that means trading nine-year Dodger catcher and Clayton Kershaw’s best friend, A.J. Ellis. The Dodgers announced on Thursday afternoon that they will be trading Ellis for Phillies’ 37-year-old catcher, Carlos Ruiz.

Listen to A.J.’s farewell interview below.

With Grandal clearly taking over the starting catcher position and Austin Barnes getting groomed in the minors all year long, the future didn’t look bright for the 35-year-old catcher whose contract was up following this season. But Ellis’ presence will be greatly missed by the all Dodger fans, his teammates in clubhouse and especially by his best friend, Clayton Kershaw.

Los Angeles Dodgers fans everywhere thank A.J. Ellis for his time as a Dodger and he will be greatly missed. #ThankYouAJ

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4 Responses

  1. NathanLawrence

    Thanks for all the great game’s. You’ll always be a dodger to me!

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  2. ElysianPark

    A.J. was the epitome of class and baseball smarts. There was no need for them is trade. How much of a difference will Ruiz make, compared with the upset that this has created? This reminds me a great deal of another “genius” GM disrupting the momentum of a hot team–2004’s trade of Paul LoDuca and others at the deadline. The Dodgers staggered after that and barely made it to the playoffs. I am wary of the same thing this time around. It was entirely predictable that they would be useless last night. Thank you, A.J., for everything. You deserved a better exit.

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