The Dodgers signed infielder
The return of Ellis is easily the biggest news. A popular and much respected player in the clubhouse, the catcher was coming off an injury-filled 2014 season that saw his batting average plummet to .191 and there was concern among teammates he might not be back.
Ellis, 34 next April, signed a one-year deal for $3.55 million last season in his first year of arbitration. Despite his down 2014, with an additional year of service time, Ellis still figures to be in for a slight raise.
Teams try to sign players to whom they tender contracts to avoid going through the arbitration process. Teams and players have until Jan. 16 to exchange salary figures. If a contract agreement cannot be reached and the arbitration process does become necessary, hearings are scheduled to start Feb. 1.
The Dodgers also tendered contacts to Kenley Jansen,
That indicates Ellis and Butera will both return as the Dodgers’ catchers. The teams' new president of baseball operations,