The Miami Marlins and Mark Ellis have had some discussions about a new contract. The 36-year old second baseman became a free agent once the Dodgers declined his 5.75 million dollar club option. The Boys in Blue declined Ellis’s option after they signed Cuban second baseman Alexander Guerrero to a four-year 28 million dollar contract.
Ellis batted .270 for the Dodgers last season with a .323 OBP, six home runs, and 48 runs batted in while making 480 plate appearances. Ellis had another solid year with the glove, posting a +12 defensive runs saved, and making only six errors in 126 games in 2013 for the Dodgers. The veteran infielder was also a gold glove finalist this season. M.Ellis signed with the Dodgers as a free agent in the winter of 2011. M.Ellis made 2.5 million dollars in 2012, and 5.25 million in 2013.
The Marlins are looking for some infield depth at second and third base, and the club has some financial flexibility. The Tigers have also been reportedly interested in M.Ellis as well.