Daily Distractions: Tender deadline looms at 9 p.m. tonight.

Ronald Belisario

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (left) and pitcher Ronald Belisario (right) are both arbitration eligible. (Associated Press photo)

By 9 p.m. tonight, A.J. Ellis, Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen will have been tendered a contract by the Dodgers. That much we know. The deadline for teams to tender a contract to their arbitration-eligible players is fast approaching, and the Dodgers won’t leave Kershaw, Ellis and Jansen behind.

We don’t know how much the Dodgers will offer each player, how much they’ll ultimately sign for, or if Ronald Belisario — the final remaining member of the Dodgers’ arbitration-eligible class — will get an offer at all. MLBtraderumors.com made some predictions here.

So far, the Dodgers have only dipped into the free-agent market for a starting pitcher, Dan Haren. But they had enough interest in adding a right-handed reliever that they were among the first teams to offer a contract to Joe Smith. Smith ultimately signed a three-year, $15.75 million contract with the Angels.

Did the Dodgers hope to replace Belisario with Smith, a sinker/slider pitcher who rarely exceeds 90 mph on the radar gun? Or do they still see a need for a power arm to complement Brandon League, Chris Withrow, Jose Dominguez, and any other right-handers who might be in the mix for 2014?

Belisario’s lousy September (7.94 ERA, .842 opponents’ OPS) obscured what was previously a solid year. Statistically speaking, the Dodgers had one of the National League’s better bullpens in 2013. Bringing back everyone, or attempting to, isn’t out of the question.

Three other arbitration-eligible Dodgers already agreed to contracts for 2014. Scott Elbert signed for $575,000 for 2014 with up to another $100,000 in possible incentives on the table. Drew Butera and Mike Baxter both signed for $700,000.

That’s three down, three (or four) to go.

Some bullet points for a Laotian National Day:

Joc Pederson heads BaseballAmerica.com’s list of the Dodgers’ Top 10 prospects. Maybe the biggest surprise is Alexander Guerrero at 7.

• Hot Stove Rumor Alert, part 1:

• Hyun-Jin Ryu won an award.

• If there’s a loophole in Major League Baseball’s drug testing policy, it may involve Attention Deficit Disorder drug exemptions, writes Forbes.com.

• Hot Stove Rumor Alert, part 2:

Kansas City reportedly has a vague level of interest in Mark Ellis. So the decision to non-tender Getz could be worth more than a passing glance to Dodgers fans.

• A grisly read in today’s Boston Globe: “at 9:17 p.m., Mountain time, the head of the greatest hitter who ever lived had been sliced off.”

• Some college baseball coaches aspire to crank out major leaguers, others good citizens. One has coached three future general managers.

• Happy birthday to Peter Moylan (35).

• “Sing Sing Sing” probably epitomizes the Big Band era more than any song to me, and clarinetist Dave Bennett does a fantastic version. Check in at the 5:53 mark, where Dave channels a musical vibe that would either be too far in the past or the future for Benny Goodman:

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