HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 24: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros steals second base past Mark Ellis #14 of the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park on September 24, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Eric Christian Smith/Getty Images)
Update 11/15/11 2:22 PM EST: Dylan O. Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has the contract details: $2.5 M in 2012, $5.25M in 2013, $5.75 M option in 2014 with a $1M buyout. He also mentions that Ellis can earn $125K additional each year based on plate appearances. It was confirmed with a press release from the Dodgers' twitter feed.
Update 6:03 PM ET: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal adds the Dodgers hold a club option for a third year.
Update 3:41PM EST: Rosenthal is confirming the deal, 2 years, $8.75M.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are on the verge of signing free agent second baseman Mark Ellis to a multi-year deal, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. Olney adds the deal will be close to $4.5 million per year, which is comparable to what second baseman Aaron Hill signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the Dodgers were being aggressive to fill their infield depth chart. If they can close on Mark Ellis, they will have a set positional depth chart, with the exception being at the backstop.
Mark Ellis hit .217/.253/.290 with the Oakland Athletics in 233 plate appearances before being shipped to the Colorado Rockies. Ellis, 34, hit .274/.317/.392 in 286 plate appearances for Colorado. He posted a below-average 1.3 fWAR in 2011, but nearly half of his value came from his fielding (~0.6 fWAR on defense).