MLB Notes: Cardinals reportedly sign Mark Ellis

MLB Notes: Cardinals reportedly sign Mark Ellis
December 15, 2013, 1:45 pm
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The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with veteran second baseman Mark Ellis. (AP)

The St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday agreed to a one-year deal with second baseman Mark Ellis, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (via MLB Trade Rumors). The deal is pending a physical, and expected to be announced during the week.

Ellis, 36, spent the past two seasons as the Dodgers' starting second baseman, where he batted .264 with 13 home runs and 79 RBIs.

Ellis' .989 fielding percentage was fourth among second basemen in the NL last season, and his 1,314 games at second base are second among active players, behind only Robinson Cano. Since 2005, he's committed six or fewer errors per season.

Throughout his career, Ellis played in fewer than 100 games once (his rookie season in 2002), but missed all of 2004 because of injury. He hit below .250 only once -- batting .233 in 2008.

With players like Cano and Skip Schumaker gone, Ellis was one of the more attractive free agents at second base remaining.

In other baseball reports:

Braves, Floyd close to deal
The Atlanta Braves are close to a deal with Gavin Floyd, per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick (via MLB Trade Rumors).

Floyd, the 30-year-old former Phillie, went 0-4 in five games with the White Sox last season before Tommy John surgery ended his campaign in May.

In 10 major-league seasons, Floyd is 70-70 with a 4.48 ERA. It was reported that Baltimore and Minnesota each had interest in him, but both clubs were ruled out.

Twins 'strongly interested' in Arroyo
The Minnesota Twins are interested in right-hander Bronson Arroyo, as reported by Mike Beradino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (via HardballTalk).

The 36-year-old Arroyo spent the last eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and went 14-12 with a 2.79 ERA last season.

In 10 seasons as a starting pitcher, Arroyo has pitched under 200 innings only twice.

Signing Arroyo would be the fourth starter signed by the Twins, after handing out multi-year deals to Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes and re-signing Mike Pelfrey on Saturday.