Dodgers Day 1 notes: A.J. Ellis lost weight, Zack Greinke on Clayton Kershaw contract

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

All the miscellany from the first day of spring training at Camelback Ranch.

GLENDALE -- Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis reported to camp on Saturday in the proverbial best shape of his life, an estimated 15 pounds lighter than last year.

"It's good to trim up and try to take some stress off my lower body. I want to catch 120-125 games this year and I want to be physically ready to do that," Ellis said. "You can't do that if you're not in great shape and able to withstand the physical grind of the position."

Ellis started 109 games in 2013, which included a stint on the disabled list. He started 126 games in 2012, his first year as a full-time starter in the majors. Ellis has performance bonuses in his contract, earning $50,000 for each of 110 and 115 starts in 2014, and another $50,000 for 450 plate appearances.

"It was mainly diet, mainly making better decisions," said Ellis, who then turned to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times one day after this tweet:

"I can talk to you about it. One thing that's not on the diet is Cracker Barrel breakfast," Ellis joked to Hernandez amid a group of reporters. "I don't know what you had on your plate, but I've never seen cholesterol ooze through an iPhone before. My hands were greasy on the other side of it."

GM Greinke

Before signing with the Dodgers, Zack Greinke famously discussed the club's farm system with general manager Ned Colletti and president Stan Kasten during their initial meetings. During his time with the Brewers, Greinke would occasionally sit in with GM Doug Melvin in their draft war room.

In short, Greinke enjoys the personnel side of the sport. So it's only natural that Greinke was asked about teammate Clayton Kershaw's record seven-year, $215 million contract.

"I thought it was solid for both sides," Greinke said. "He's the best pitcher, but pitching is a little less predictable than position players long term. You can't give him a 10-year, $32 million a year deal."

When Greinke signed his six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers in December 2012, his $24.5 million average annual value was the highest ever for a pitcher. That number has been passed three times since, by Felix Hernandez ($27.1 million) and Justin Verlander ($28 million) last winter, and Kershaw ($30.6 million) this offseason. Still, Kershaw's deal was close to Greinke's prediction.

"He's been so good, you can't really tell. Anything he gets you can probably say he's worth it. I would say it's a little bit more than I thought it would be, but maybe only $1 million a year," Greinke said. "The opt out for him is big."

Saturday notes

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