Cardinals agree to one-year contract with Ellis

Cardinals agree to one-year contract with Ellis
December 16, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Mark Ellis hit .270 with a .323 on-base percentage in 126 games with the Dodgers last season. (AP)

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have reached agreement on a one-year major league contract with free agent second baseman Mark Ellis. The deal is only pending a physical and should be officially announced at some point early this week.

Ellis batted just .270/.323/.351 in 126 games this past season for the Dodgers and he owns a weak .265/.330/.390 career slash line, but the 36-year-old is a very good defensive infielder and will pair well in 2014 with new Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft and left-handed hitter.