Ausmus comes to terms with Dodgers

Ausmus comes to terms with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- After re-signing infielder Ronnie Belliard earlier in the day, the Dodgers remained busy on Tuesday, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $850,000 with backup catcher Brad Ausmus. The deal also includes a mutual option for 2011 worth $1 million.

Ausmus, who turns 41 in April, hit a career-high .295 as the backup to Russell Martin in 2009, playing in only 36 games.

Ausmus finished the season tied for eighth on the all-time list of games caught with Benito Santiago. This will be his 18th Major League season, and he has never been on the disabled list.

A Dartmouth graduate, Ausmus is considered to be big league manager material and he managed the last regular-season game of the year for the Dodgers.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.