Ellis stood to make $5.75 million next season had the Dodgers picked him up, but instead will take a check for $1 million and try his luck in free agency. Capuano had an $8 million mutual option for 2014, but will also receive a $1 million buyout.
The 36-year-old Ellis was his usual stellar defensive self in 106 starts at second base this season -- and put up a serviceable .270/.323/.351 at the plate -- but was likely without a job in 2014 had Los Angeles elected to keep him around. The Dodgers signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero to a four-year, $28 million deal two weeks ago, and all signs seem to point to him taking over at the keystone next season.
The veteran southpaw still got 20 starts on the year thanks to Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley's season-ending injuries, but was ultimately bumped to the bullpen when nagging injuries cropped up in September. Overall, he posted a 3.91 ERA in 304 innings during his two seasons with Los Angeles.
Both players are likely to get a new big-league deal this winter, it's just not likely to come from the Dodgers.