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A.J. Ellis | Catcher | #17

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (35) / 4/9/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 222
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Austin Peay
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 18 (0) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

A.J. Ellis went 2-for-4 against the Rockies on Saturday night, including a two-run homer -- his first of the year.

Ellis's homer in the second inning proved to be all the runs the Dodgers would need. He was an unlikely source of power, too, as he's only slugging .333 this year, but Coors Field will help that. With the return of Yasmani Grandal from the disabled list, the 35-year-old has only started two games in the past week and has become an afterthought in all fantasy formats.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 11:44:00 PM

A.J. Ellis is absent from the Dodgers' lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.

He's just getting a breather. Austin Barnes will catch Scott Kazmir. The Dodgers also have Trayce Thompson in left field.
Sun, Apr 10, 2016 12:50:00 PM

A.J. Ellis is not in the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday.

Ellis drove in three runs in Monday's season-opening rout of the Padres, but he will take a seat for Austin Barnes on Tuesday night against right-hander James Shields. Ellis is supposed to serve as the Dodgers' primary catcher while Yasmani Grandal recovers from a forearm issue, but Barnes will get looks too.
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 06:38:00 PM

A.J. Ellis is starting at catcher for the Dodgers on Opening Day against the Padres.

Yasmani Grandal landed on the disabled list Sunday (retroactive to March 25) with a forearm injury, giving Ellis at least a week of action behind the plate. The veteran catcher is capable of providing fantasy production in two-catcher leagues while he is getting regular playing time, and Grandal doesn't have an exact timetable. Here is the Dodgers' full lineup for Monday's season opener versus the Padres and right-hander Tyson Ross: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Yasiel Puig RF, Carl Crawford LF, Joc Pederson CF, A.J. Ellis C, Clayton Kershaw SP.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 02:48:00 PM

A.J. Ellis went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored in the Dodgers’ 8-3 win over the Athletics on Thursday in Cactus League play.

Ellis had two doubles on the day, including one which cleared the bases against Rich Hill in the first inning. The 34-year-old batted .238/.355/.403 over 217 plate appearances last season and will likely see starts behind the plate against southpaws in 2016.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 06:28:00 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that he doesn't envision A.J. Ellis serving as Clayton Kershaw's personal catcher in 2016.

Ellis has caught the great majority of Kershaw's starts dating back to 2012, but Roberts plans to have Yasmani Grandal catch him more often this season. "Sure, and he caught him last year as well," said Roberts. "He caught him last year and Clayton performed well so the idea of a personal catcher, I don’t see that happening. But there will be times A.J. will catch Kershaw as well." Kershaw's input will surely be considered here, but Roberts indicated that he's more inclined to make decisions based on pitching matchups, with Grandal starting behind the plate against right-handers and Ellis against southpaws. It will be something to keep an eye on, for multiple reasons.
Wed, Mar 2, 2016 02:45:00 PM

Dodgers and C A.J. Ellis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Ellis was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. Highly-regarded for his ability as a game-caller, the 34-year-old batted .238/.355/.403 over 63 games this past season while catching the majority of Clayton Kershaw's starts. He gets a slight raise over the $4.25 million he made in 2015.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 12:59:00 PM