Are The Los Angeles Dodgers Looking To Upgrade Behind The Plate This Winter?

By Randy Holt
A.J. Ellis
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a wildly successful 2013 season, that saw them advance to the National League Division Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to make some moves this winter. They have all the money in the world, and having come so close to a World Series berth, they’re going to make at least one major move toward getting them over that hump in 2014.

It isn’t a secret where the Dodgers may add. They could look at second or third base, and will likely look to add an arm, potentially an impact one, to their rotation. One spot that has gone a bit overlooked, in terms of what could see an upgrade, is behind the dish, where A.J. Ellis currently resides.

Ellis won’t be mistaken for a star behind the plate in Hollywood, but he’s done a solid job since securing the starting gig, nonetheless. His 2012 year, his first year as the starter, was much more successful than this year, though, as he hit .270 and reached based at a .373 clip. This year, that wasn’t entirely the case.

Of course, Ellis was only limited to 115 games, almost 20 less than he appeared in 2012, but with some struggles that carried over into the postseason, there could definitely be questions about his status with the team. The uncertainty at catcher is only amplified by the fact that there is decent catching to be had out on the market.

If the Dodgers do, in fact, look to upgrade behind the plate, what types of names could they take a look at? Perhaps they try and bring in a free agent like Jarrod Saltalamacchia, or look at someone on the trade market, such as Welington Castillo in Chicago. Point is, there are names to be had, and if the Dodgers aren’t completely satisfied with Ellis as their backstop, it’s unlikely they’ll hesitate in making a move.

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