The Los Angeles Dodgers have seen three of their 10 free agents depart before Thanksgiving and they’re likely to lose another one, second baseman Mark Ellis.
Ellis had his $5.75 million option declined about a week after the Dodgers signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, who’s projected to take over next season. However, GM Ned Colletti never ruled out the idea of bringing Ellis back in a reserve role, but the Miami Marlins have expressed interest in his services according to Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com:
They have discussed former Dodger second baseman Mark Ellis, who has also been the radar of the Tigers
In 2013, Ellis played in 126 games and hit .270 with six home runs and 48 RBI as he primarily hit out of the second spot in the lineup. With the loss of utility men Skip Schumaker and Nick Punto, the Dodgers are most likely in the market for an infielder that can play multiple positions, something Ellis probably isn’t prepared to do.
His defense at second base garnered an NL Cy Young award nomination and ranked second behind Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia with 12 DRS.
Ellis isn’t the only Dodger free agent infielder the Marlins have reported interest in as there was a report that they were prepared to offer third baseman Juan Uribe a three-year deal. It’s clear that the Marlins, who have a lot of young prospects in place next season want to add established veterans and Ellis is the latest to garner interest.
The Baltimore Orioles could also be a fit for Ellis as their starting second baseman in 2013, Brian Roberts, is a free agent. It looks like Ellis might be able to land a starting second base job elsewhere as his market looks to be heating up.
ICYMI: The Dodgers and right-hander Dan Haren agreed to a one-year deal last Sunday