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. According 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.