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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dodgers - Signed Mark Ellis

Los Angles Dodgers sign 2B Mark Ellis to a 2 year $8.75 million contract (team option for a third year at $5.75 with a $1 million buyout)

I’m never going to love the signing of an aging mid-tier player. Particularly not one with plenty of problems staying in the lineup. Still, it’s a move that makes all kinds of sense. First of all, the best option in the organization seems to have been Ivan DeJesus. He had a good year by his standards in AAA last year and it translates to .246/.314/.322. Yeah, he’s a lot younger than Ellis but he looks like a backup at best.

Second, if he’s actually healthy this could be a bargain. He’s still a pretty good defensive player, and as recently as 2010 he was more than acceptable with the bat. I’d bet against his being fully healthy and/or putting up a decent on-base percentage but either of them are within the realm of possibility and will make the deal a good one. And the likely downside (when he’s in the lineup that is) is basically his play in 2011. You can do worse. The big problem is that you’re likely to have to play your backup infielder more than you’d like. Meaning that there’s a better than fair chance that we’ll what DeJesus can do.

I’d rather have Jamey Carroll back, but I gather that wasn’t in the cards. One reason may be the structure of the contract that Ellis signed. He’s actually only going to make $2.5 million next year and for a team with potential cash flow issues (and yes I know they should be resolved, but should is such an ugly word) that kind of flexibility is a big deal.


Ron J Posted: November 15, 2011 at 07:28 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. puck Posted: November 16, 2011 at 03:50 PM (#3994792)
I think seeing both Ellis and Carroll sign for 2 yr deals surprised the Rockies. They have holes at 2nd and 3rd* and are supposedly eyeing a trade for Martin Prado. The news reports talk about Prado as a 2nd baseman but it appears he's better suited to 3rd....any idea?

(*They're still talking about Ian Stewart, but I have a hard time believing he'll last the season if he makes it past the non-tender deadline.)
   2. sonoran_fox Posted: November 16, 2011 at 05:13 PM (#3994844)
As a Braves fan I would rate Prado as a good second baseman defensively and somewhat better than average at third. His bat stands out at second, not so much at third.

IMO, anyone acquiring Prado should play him at second.
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: November 16, 2011 at 06:14 PM (#3994893)
The Braves have supposedly asked about Seth Smith and Charlie Blackmon for Prado. I like Seth Smith a lot, but I think I'd have to do that. Blackmon is nothing more than filler, so if the Braves want him, they can have him.

I'd be more than happy to go into the season with Prado at second and Ian Stewart at third.
   4. Tuque Posted: November 16, 2011 at 06:23 PM (#3994900)
I'm surprised by all the love Carroll is getting. Everyone seems to agree that the Dodgers should have kept him. I remember at the beginning of the season I despised him because he seemed symptomatic of the Dodgers' poor management - you can't just supplement Kershaw and Kemp with a bunch of one-off geezers (Carroll, Uribe, Barajas, Thames, etc.) and expect the team to do well. Colletti has been doing that ever since he started and you'd think eventually he'd realize that it's not working.

Then again, though, some of those guys turned out okay...the main black hole on the team turned out to still be the fact that Colletti apparently doesn't know what a good left fielder looks like. Reed Johnson, Garret Anderson, Tony Gwynn Jr., Scott Podsednik, Jay Gibbons, Juan Rivera, Juan Pierre...that's an incredible amount of suck in three years, interrupted occasionally by Manny. It shouldn't be that hard, man.
   5. Ron J Posted: November 16, 2011 at 11:10 PM (#3995249)
#4 Jamey Carroll's decent at getting on base and not bad with the glove (at second at any rate). That's a damned useful player --particular in context. He is as you say a supplemental player, but he's a positive. Yeah not a big one and never going to be a long-term solution (too old for one thing). Still, a fine temporary measure.

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