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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.