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Arbitration deadline to force Dodgers' decision on A.J. Ellis' return
Arbitration deadline to force Dodgers' decision on A.J. Ellis' return

Things should get busy for the Dodgers, and other teams, the next two days. And in some cases, more interesting. Tomorrow is the deadline for clubs to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players, and the Dodgers have seven such players. Most are slam dunks – Kenley Jansen, Dee Gordon, Juan Nicasio, Justin Turner – to be tendered. A couple are iffy – Drew Butera, Darwin Barney. And one is the center of great interest -- A.J. Ellis. For the third consecutive season, Ellis was the Dodgers’ primary catcher. Strong behind the plate, respected in the clubhouse, admired for his preparation and adored by the staff, particularly his close friend Clayton Kershaw. ...

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