So in addition to (still) too many outfielders, the
Those Geek Squad boys can sure do some funny math.
When the Dodgers surprisingly traded Matt Kemp to the
They added him to split time in some undetermined fashion with returning starting catcher
Grandal certainly has the more powerful bat and is seven years younger, but Ellis is well respected within the clubhouse and particularly by the pitching staff. Manager
"Not a whole lot," Mattingly said. "Just knowing that Yasmani was a guy that at the end of the year, we didn't really like being up there with men in scoring position. He's got a big upside offensively we think, and really comfortable with him behind the plate.
"What makes that easier for me is dealing with A.J. Talking to A.J. [Tuesday], knowing that could be a little bit of a sticky situation, his first response was, 'I just want to win.' That'll work itself out."
That sounds exactly like something Ellis would say, which is why even though most expect Grandal to get the bulk of the starting time, Ellis won't morph into some seldom-used backup.
Ellis is particularly close to three-time
"Sure, obviously," he said.
Don't look for any special catchers for Kershaw or anyone else.