Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis entered his seventh season with the organization this year after signing a one-year, $3.55 million contract to avoid arbitration in the off-season. Throughout his seven seasons, the 33-year-old has earned respect as an intelligent catcher. Even in his absence, the Dodgers were able to utilize him as an off-the-field asset to the pitching staff.
Ellis is eligible for arbitration over the next two years, usually meaning an increase in salary, which leaves his job security up in the air. The Dodger catcher hopes that he has gained enough respect from the organization thus far to warrant a new contract, but also understands that the team wants to win and must invest in productive platers.
As a student of the game, Ellis said that the most important statistic is the team’s record on the days he catches, knowing that he must make a daily impact on the team in order to secure his job with the team.
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