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A.J. Ellis | Catcher | #17

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (36) / 4/9/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 232
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Austin Peay
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 18 (0) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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According to's Mark Feinsand, the Rockies have discussed A.J. Ellis with the Marlins.
He's also been connected to the Cubs, who are looking for a backup to take some of the pressure off Willson Contreras. Ellis has played sparingly behind J.T. Realmuto this season, logging just 82 at-bats over 27 appearances. He hasn't hit much either, slashing .232/.300/.341 with two homers and five RBI. With that said, the 36-year-old is a well-respected teammate who calls a good game behind the plate. His contract is up after this season. Sat, Jul 29, 2017 09:58:00 PM

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Date:'s Joe Frisaro reports that A.J. Ellis "could be a possible fit" for the Cubs.

The Cubs evidently aren't as interested in Alex Avila as previously suggested, preferring to add a defense-first backstop. Ellis would fit the bill in that regard. The 36-year-old is an impending free agent.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 01:00:00 PM

A.J. Ellis doubled twice Sunday in the Marlins' loss to the Dodgers.

He finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ellis is batting .229/.299/.300 in 23 games this season as the backup to Marlins starting catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 04:36:00 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that A.J. Ellis (hamstring) will be held back "a few more days" due to his lingering hamstring issue.

Ellis has been dealing with left hamstring soreness for a couple of weeks now, but Mattingly isn't concerned about his readiness for Opening Day. The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Marlins over the winter and is slated to serve as J.T. Realmuto's backup this season.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 10:09:00 AM

A.J. Ellis (hamstring) took batting practice and did some light jogging on Thursday.

Ellis has been dealing with a sore left hamstring this week but is coming along slowly but surely. He should be ready to return to game action before long.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 12:38:00 PM

A.J. Ellis (hamstring) has been riding a stationary bike.

He's not able to get back on the field yet, though. Ellis might have to pull out of the World Baseball Classic if his left hamstring doesn't improve soon.
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 02:33:00 PM

A.J. Ellis was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup due to a tight left hamstring.

Ellis was scheduled to serve as the designated hitter, but there's no need to take any chances this early in the spring. He should be good to go soon.
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 11:18:00 AM

Marlins signed C A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The agreement was reached last Wednesday during the Winter Meetings and then finalized Monday after Ellis passed his pre-signing physical in Miami. He'll work as an active backup to Marlins starting catcher J.T. Realmuto after slashing .216/.301/.298 in 196 plate appearances this summer between the Dodgers and Phillies. Ellis hit .238/.355/.403 over 217 plate appearances with Los Angeles in 2015.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 03:34:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports the Marlins have signed catcher A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Ellis will head to Miami to act as J.T. Realmuto's backup catcher. The veteran hit just .216/.301/.298 in 2016 between the Dodgers and Phillies, but his clubhouse rep is exceptional and he's had some decent seasons in the past.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:28:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins are showing interest in free agent A.J. Ellis.

Miami needs a new backup catcher with Jeff Mathis having signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Diamondbacks last week. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 in 2016, but he's a well-liked guy with a decent career OBP of .340. It's a pretty good fit.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 08:44:00 AM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that there is mutual interest between the Phillies and free agent catcher A.J. Ellis.

Stark says it would be a "catcher, leader, unofficial coach" type of role for the 35-year-old backstop, who was dealt from the Dodgers to the Phillies this past August for Carlos Ruiz. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 overall in 2016, though he did finish strong in his 35 plate appearances down the stretch with Philadelphia.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 07:22:00 PM

A.J. Ellis went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Mets.

The Dodgers traded Ellis to the Phillies on Thursday. He saw his first at-bats with the club on Sunday and chipped in with a two-run double during a four-run seventh inning. The veteran backstop is hitting .196/.284/.259 between his two teams this season and does not make for appealing waiver wire fodder.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 06:05:00 PM

Phillies acquired C A.J. Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later from the Dodgers in exchange for C Carlos Ruiz and cash.

Ellis had been with the Dodgers since 2008 and was known for being Clayton Kershaw's primary catcher. Now he'll head to a rebuilding Phillies squad where he'll serve as a backup for Cameron Rupp. Ellis has been a non-factor offensively this season, hitting only .194 with one homer and 13 RBI over 139 at-bats.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 05:51:00 PM

A.J. Ellis went 1-for-3 with his first career stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Rays.

Entering Wednesday's action, Ellis had attempted just four steals in 536 career games. None of those tries were successful, but the veteran backstop surprised the universe with steal No. 1 on Wednesday. The Dodgers -- cheeky crew that they are -- had the base removed for memory's sake. Even with his newfound speed, he remains a fantasy no-go due to his lack of playing time and lack of upside with the bat.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 08:32:00 PM

A.J. Ellis hit a go-ahead infield single in the Dodgers’ 5-4 win over the Pirates on Monday.

You don’t see "A.J. Ellis infield single" very often, but he hit a ball deep in the hole at shortstop and Jordy Mercer had a tough time getting a hold on it for the throw to first base. The single put a bow on a four-run fifth inning for the Dodgers, which stood up as the difference in the ballgame. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a walk on the afternoon and is hitting .210/.310/.280 over 38 games this season. He’s not fantasy relevant.
Mon, Jun 27, 2016 04:32:00 PM

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3Chad Wallach
4Bryan Holaday
1B1Justin Bour
2Scott Van Slyke
3Jonathan Rodriguez
2B1Starlin Castro
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1J.T. Riddle
2Miguel Rojas
3Yadiel Rivera
4Cristhian Adames
3B1Brian Anderson
LF1Martin Prado
CF1Christian Yelich
2Braxton Lee
3Magneuris Sierra
RF1Derek Dietrich
2J.B. Shuck
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S1Dan Straily
2Jose Urena
3Adam Conley
4Justin Nicolino
5Dillon Peters
6Chris O'Grady
7Caleb Smith
8Merandy Gonzalez
9Elieser Hernandez
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Ziegler
2Kyle Barraclough
3Junichi Tazawa
4Drew Steckenrider
5Nick Wittgren
6Jarlin Garcia
7Brian Ellington
8Odrisamer Despaigne
9Wei-Yin Chen
10Miguel Del Pozo
11Drew Rucinski
12Brett Graves
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