OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's today announced that they have agreed to terms with second baseman Mark Ellis on a two-year contract through 2010 with a club option for 2011.
Ellis led Major League second basemen in fielding last year for the second time in the last three years but batted a career low .233. He had career highs in walks (53) and stolen bases (14) but appeared in just 117 games, which were his fewest since his rookie season of 2002. The 31-year old missed the final month of the season as he had surgery on his right shoulder on Sept. 19. Ellis had a .993 fielding percentage and now has a .989 mark in his career, which is fourth best in Major League history among second basemen with 650 or more games.
Ellis is a .265 career hitter with 70 home runs and 308 RBI in 765 games over six Major League seasons, all with the A's. He holds the Oakland record for games played by a second baseman (741) and home runs by a second baseman (68) and is tied for ninth on the Oakland career list with 21 triples. Ellis was in the final year of a three-year contract in 2008 and would have been eligible for free agency. He joins Eric Chavez, who is signed through 2010 with a club option for 2011, as the only Athletics signed beyond the 2009 season.
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