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Dodgers agree to one-year deals with Scott Elbert and Drew Butera

November 29, 2013|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Scott Elbert, who underwent reconstructive elbow surgery, appeared in 43 games last season and had a 2.20 earned-run average.
Scott Elbert, who underwent reconstructive elbow surgery, appeared in… (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images )

The Dodgers, who already reached a deal with outfielder Mike Baxter, agreed to terms with two other players eligible for salary arbitration: left-handed reliever Scott Elbert and catcher Drew Butera.

The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Monday. The Dodgers now have four players who are still eligible for arbitration: ace Clayton Kershaw, closer Kenley Jansen, catcher A.J. Ellis and right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario.

The deals agreed to with Baxter, Elbert and Butera are all non-guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Elbert’s deal is worth $575,000 and Butera’s is worth $700,000.

All three players were candidates to be non-tendered.

Elbert, 28, underwent reconstructive elbow surgery in June. The elbow operation was his third in a 10-month period.

Elbert was a reliable late-inning option from 2011-2012, posting a combined 2.32 earned-run average over the two seasons.

Butera, 30, was acquired in a deal with the Minnesota Twins at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Butera appeared in only four games with the Dodgers.

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