A.J. Ellis and Dodgers agree to one-year, $4.25-million deal

A.J. Ellis and Dodgers agree to one-year, $4.25-million deal
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis slides safely into third base the 2013 National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
A.J. Ellis

and the


avoided salary arbitration, as the catcher agreed to a one-year deal worth $4.25 million, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Ellis, 33, is expected to split time behind the plate with

Yasmani Grandal

, who was acquired from the

San Diego Padres

in a trade involving

Matt Kemp


Ellis earned $3.55 million in an injury-plagued 2014 season, when he batted .191 with three home runs and 25 runs batted in, in 91 games.

Even with Ellis in line for a raise, Clayton Kershaw called on the Dodgers to retain the catcher, citing his ability to manage the pitching staff.

With Ellis signed, the Dodgers have four players who remain eligible for salary arbitration: closer Kenley Jansen, infielder

Justin Turner

, outfielder

Chris Heisey

and right-hander

Juan Nicasio