Harmony. Gee, the Dodgers really love you....
Those arbitration cases can get so messy. A club having to argue against its own player. Best to be avoided. Best to be done with as soon as possible.
Which is what the Dodgers did yet again Friday, coming to terms with their only two arbitration-eligible players, catcher A.J. Ellis and reliever Ronald Belisario.
Both were what are called “super twos,” players with two years and at least 139 days of major-league service.
The Dodgers agreed to one-year deals with both, Ellis signing for $2 million and Belisario for $1.45 million.
Ellis, 31, might have signed for slightly more than some anticipated, but it’s not like he did not earn it, or would not have received significantly more in an open market. In his first full season as the Dodgers’ starting catcher, Ellis hit .270 with 13 homers, 52 RBIs, a .373 on-base percentage and .414 slugging percentage. Last season he earned $490,000.