They come and go, though sometimes it can feel like they’re just going.
The Dodgers wanted him to return as something of fall-back plan should Guerrero not look ready for prime time, but not so much that they were willing to pick up his $5.75-million option for 2014. Instead, they exercised a $1-million buyout, a decision that could come back to haunt.
Financial terms of the Ellis deal with the Cardinals have not yet been released, but they plan to use him as a right-handed complement to second baseman Kolten Wong and some at third base.
Ellis, 36, has played only seven games at third base but apparently is willing to turn himself into a utility player, something the Dodgers are in great need of with the departures of Schumaker, Punto and Hairston.
Ellis hit .270 last year, was a finalist for a Gold Glove, is a strong, mature presence in the clubhouse and willing to bat second or anywhere else in the lineup. He’s the kind of guy you need on a club dotted with superstars.
But the Dodgers just dropped $15 million on Uribe, after earlier signing Guerrero for $28 million, and Ellis’ playing time with the Dodgers was uncertain. And now he's apparently out of the picture entirely.