Second baseman Mark Ellis left for the St. Louis Cardinals after the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Alexander Guerrero to be the primary second baseman and had his option declined. He took the time to talk about some of the differences he has noticed between the two ball clubs at the Cardinals winter warm-up.
Ellis said that the Dodgers have a bit more flamboyance than the National League champions, but that the Cardinals also have fun in their own way. The Dodgers and Cardinals faced off in the NLCS last season and had some tension after starting pitcher Adam Wainwright said that Adrian Gonzalez was doing some “Mickey Mouse stuff” in a key moment in Game 3. Tensions didn’t spill out onto the field and the Cardinals eventually took the series in six games.
With Spring Training less than a month away, the Dodgers continue to take a look at players that could make a difference in 2014. They’re reportedly interested in right-hander Jaye Chapman, who missed most of last season with a hip injury. He will likely receive a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training.
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