ajellis_sanfran_2013-05-04

Dodgers, A.J. Ellis avoid salary arbitration

ajellis_sanfran_2013-05-04I woke up entirely too early on a Saturday morning. After mustering the strength to get out of a warm, cozy bed and take the dog out, I naturally checked to see if A.J. Ellis and the Dodgers came to a contract agreement.

Lo and behold:

Update: Sherman tweeted he had it wrong and Ellis is set to make $3.55 million as his base salary, plus incentives. Ken Gurnick had that number in an earlier tweet.

Good. The Dodgers and Ellis avoided the none-too-pleasing process of a salary arbitration hearing. The midpoint was $3.8 million, so this is a “win” of sorts for the Dodgers. It isn’t like they’re hurting for money, but there was no way Ellis was going to get a 130 percent raise from his 2013 salary ($2 million), especially since players last year received, on average, a 119 percent salary increase last year. Despite the Dodgers’ riches, players must still be paid what they’re worth, otherwise the system gets unbalanced.

Ellis had a down year (.238/.318/.364) compared to his breakout 2012 campaign (.270/.373/.414). He’s capable of being 2012 Ellis more than he is 2013 Ellis, but somewhere in the middle is probably where he’ll land this season.

The Dodgers haven’t gone to arbitration with a player since 2007, when Joe Beimel (who signed with the Brewers in the last couple of weeks), a case the Dodgers won, thanks mostly to Kim Ng, but also because it was with Joe Beimel.

Next up is Kenley Jansen. He asked for $5.05 million, and the Dodgers offered $3.5 million (midpoint $4.275 million). It’d be really surprising if the sides didn’t agree before the hearing (date unknown). The process isn’t a fun one, and I think there’s a strong chance the Dodgers could lose. I mean, have you seen Brandon League‘s contract?

While the two don’t have a lot to do with each other (League was a free agent, Jansen is still under team control), it’s probably a good idea to keep the big fella happy. That’s already started by the Dodgers not bringing in inferior pitchers to be the closer. I could see them settling in the $4.3-4.5 million range.

Salary arbitration hearings are scheduled for Feb. 1 through 21.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


508 comments
P_F_P
P_F_P

There is actually a new post.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

I haven't seen PFP for a while, did he change his avatar and username?

P_F_P
P_F_P

My hope was to convince everyone that I was convinced that I'd been bozo'd.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

welp, I finished my taxes. So cool Drank is.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Mathematical-Space Cat I was sad the day they took Joss Whedon off the project or he wasn't given the green light or whatever happened there.

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

pretty saddened* I think this makes me sad* ? whatever, edit button. 

Lobo
Lobo

I don't think Whedon was ever involved, he does the Marvel movies, not DC

Lobo
Lobo

I'm saddened by the existence of this movie in the first place. You take a great Superhero like Batmavdand ruin him with Superman and Wonder Woman

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Batted Bob @Disgruntled Goat  Goat does have a point. I would have liked Titanic if the ship never hits that rock ice in the ocean, and Jack and Rose escape the evil Billy Zane and live a very wonderful life after.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@Batted Bob @Disgruntled Goat  yes, i knew from news reports when i was 8 years old the actions of each and every character in the film. that is how i was able to predict everything. why didn't i realize that? 

Lobo
Lobo

As of now there is no Wonder Woman movie though. She's just set to appear in Batman vs Superman

Lobo
Lobo

That doesn't mean he was involved with Batman vs Superman

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@Disgruntled Goat @Mathematical-Space Cat  if she's given this costume, I will be so stoked. 

It looks like women in the israeli defense force are actual soldiers or officers. more than half of israeli defense force officers are women, and about a third are IDF officers. 

Based off of that, I assume she'll be able to pull off intimidating. At least assuming lack of director micromanagement. 

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@Disgruntled Goat @Mathematical-Space Cat  I guess, based on what I'm reading about Gal Gadot, is that I think she has potential to full-fill the shoes of being a total bad-ass. and if she does it successfully, I think it'd be pretty cool to have a renown model prove that she is more than just a person used for showcasing clothes by performing her own stunts. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@Mathematical-Space Cat  but i have no opinion on the wonder woman person. when superman was cast all i saw was beefcake pics of the guy, and he turned out to be a pretty good supes in a movie that was mostly disappointing. haven't really seen if he can do much with the clark kent thing. 

she's just unknown to me.