A.J. Ellis, Ronald Belisario file for arbitration.

A.J. EllisOnly two Dodgers are eligible for salary arbitration this season, and A.J. Ellis and Ronald Belisario joined 131 other major-league players in filing their arbitration request Tuesday.

Players with three to six years of MLB service time are ordinarily eligible for arbitration. Ellis and Belisario each have less than three years’ service (exactly 2 years and 151 days, as calculated by MLB), but both are eligible for arbitration because they achieved “Super 2” status in 2012. Ronald BelisarioAccording to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the cutoff for Super 2 arbitration status in 2012 was two years and 139 days of service time. This year, only the top 22 percent of players with more than two but less than three years’ service time were classified as Super 2s.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has usually avoided going to arbitration with players in the past – and that was before the Dodgers had Guggenheimian money to spend.

Ellis became the team’s starting catcher in 2012, batting .270/.373/.414 in 133 games. His 131 games at catcher ranked third in the National League. He earned $490,000, $10,000 above the MLB minimum.

Belisario made the minimum $480,000 in 2012. He missed the first 25 games of the season due to an MLB-mandated drug suspension, but worked his way into an eighth-inning role by limiting batters to a .198 average over the final two months of the season.

The team will exchange salary arbitration figures with each player on Friday. If necessary, the arbitration hearing would be held between Feb. 4 and 20.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.