A.J. Ellis is just a backup catcher, but for parts of 2015, you would have thought he was a starter. He and Yasmani Grandal split starts about 50-50 in the second half, with the latter limited by a shoulder injury, and during that time Ellis rediscovered the on-base ability that once made him a usable option in mixed leagues. In fact, he had a .835 OPS after the All-Star break. Something would have to go seriously wrong for Grandal for Ellis to be mixed league-relevant now, though. He's just a No. 2 catcher for NL-only formats.
Ellis signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. While Ellis may not be relevant in standard mixed leagues, he certainly has value in real life, thanks to his defense behind the plate and good eye at the dish. Chances are, Ellis will serve as the secondary option again in 2016, catching Clayton Kershaw but otherwise spelling Yasmani Grandal (shoulder) only every couple days.
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Mets on Saturday. Ellis caught Clayton Kershaw on Friday night as he usually does, but he will take a seat in favor of Yasmani Grandal for this one.
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis went 1 for 2 with a solo home run and a walk in a 2-0 win over Colorado on Wednesday. Ellis has been filling in for the oft-injured Yasmani Grandal and has now homered in two of his last three games. The backup catcher provides very little value, even for NL-only owners, and he'll remain on waiver wires like he should.
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, who has been sidelined since July 20 due to right knee inflammation, was activated off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Catcher Austin Barnes was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to clear a roster spot.
Don Mattingly has declared that Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be activated off the disabled list Tuesday, his first day of eligibility, per True Blue LA. Mattingly added that Ellis has been ready for a few days. Ellis is batting .222 (20-for-90) on the season. He will return as the backup to Yasmani Grandal.