Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw has won 21 games this season. Along with being the front runner for the National League Cy Young Award he is also an NL MVP candidate. Most of that can be credited to Kershaw’s raw talent. However, part of that is also starting catcher A.J. Ellis’ ability to call a good game from behind the plate.

Ellis is currently on a one-year, $3.55 million contract and is eligible for arbitration at the end of this season. Despite the criticism Ellis receives as a hitter, Kershaw wants Ellis back as his catcher next season.

The 33-year-old catcher is hitting just .191 with three home runs and 24 RBIs over 91 games played this season. Defensively, Ellis has a .995 fielding percentage tallying only four errors. One reason Kershaw may want to see Ellis with the Dodgers next season is the catcher’s work ethic and handling of the pitching staff.

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