MARK ELLIS, 36, second base
Final 2013 stats: .270 batting average, six home runs, 48 RBI, 46 runs, .323 on-base and .352 slugging percentages, and six errors.
Contract status: Free agent after his option was declined.
The good: Was a finalist for a Gold Glove. Hit everywhere in lineup but third and fourth, though mostly batted second, and reasonably well. Little offensive drop off at advancing years, actually hitting slightly better than his career .265 average. Hit .295 with men on base and .302 at
Mature clubhouse presence and strong competitor.
The bad: Missed almost a month with a quad injury. Hit only .197 in the first inning, a problem for a No. 2 hitter.
What’s next: Unlikely anything as a Dodger, though General Manager
Since it appears the Dodgers are going to gamble on untested Cuban Alexander Guerrero at second, it’s possible the Dodgers could want
The take: Ellis was steady on the field and OK at the plate. No one can really say they were disappointed with his season, since he pretty much gave the Dodgers exactly what they should have expected.
But Ellis was an average hitter at the end of his career, so the Dodgers had to look at the possibility of upgrading the position. If Guerrero hits as expected – still a decent "if" for someone who's only played for Cuba – then that should be easy to attain.