5:48pm:Los Angeles will snatch on $3.6MM of Martin’s salary, with the Jays paying the different $16.4MM of what’s tranquil due, per Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca (Twitter hyperlink).
1:30pm:The Blue Jays procure formally announced the alternate. They’ll send Martin and cash to Los Angeles in alternate for minor league shortstopRonny Britoand minor league shapely-handerAndrew Sopko.
1:12pm:The Dodgers procure reached an settlement on a alternate with the Blue Jays that will bring archaic catcherRussell Martinsuccor to Los Angeles, experiences Arash Madani of Sportsnet (thru Twitter). Martin will kind $20MM in 2019 — the rest season of a 5-year, $82MM contract with the Jays. Presumably, Toronto is paying down a hefty fragment of that remaining salary as section of the alternate.
The addition of Martin shouldn’t strictly snatch the Dodgers out of the working for Marlins indispensable personJ.T. Realmuto, though there’s undoubtedly much less urgency for Los Angeles to meet Miami’s lofty asking impress with this deal in location. Aloof, it’s now not unimaginable that president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman could well earn a solid provide for Realmuto even with Martin andAustin Barneson the roster. Barnes has a minor league choice remaining and is able to taking part within the infield, and a few experiences procure indicated that Miami would really like a catcher with MLB trip as section of a Realmuto deal (moreover more than one prime prospects); Barnes could well fit that description, speculatively talking.
Quickly to turn 36, Martin will bring a involving gaze a the plate and solid defensive talents to the Dodgers, who clearly within the beginning drafted and developed the four-time All-Celebrity. While remaining season’s .194/.338/.325 batting line clearly appears ugly, Martin walked at a shut to 16 percent clip, one in every of the very excellent charges within the league, and demonstrated that he tranquil has a dinky pop — undoubtedly ample to earn him akin to other catchers for the length of the game. Martin hit 10 homers and recorded a .133 ISO (slugging percentage minus batting moderate), the latter of which checked in simplest a piece south of the designate of a league-moderate catcher (.141 ISO).
Martin did hit the ball on the bottom (51.2 percent) and pop up (19.4 percent of his hover-balls were pop-ups) at career-high charges in 2018, so the .234 moderate on balls in play he posted remaining season could well also merely now not be as powerful of a fluke as it would seem at the beginning gaze. However, if he’s in a position to honest either of these problems in a return to Chavez Ravine, he’ll give the Dodgers a fine quality defender with perfect on-ugly talents. Martin’s caught-stealing numbers procure dwindled now not too long ago (22 percent in 2018), but he stays a top payment pitch framer and became once amongst the excellent in baseball at blockading pitches within the dirt, per Baseball Prospectus’ metrics.
The alternate of Martin to Los Angeles will open the door for Jays catching prospectDanny Jansento audition as a protracted-time-frame portion on the succor of the dish. The 23-year-archaic Jansen has long rated as one in every of the organization’s better prospects and loved a solid unhurried-2018 debut with a .247/.347/.432 slash and three homers in 95 plate appearances. Jansen will team with 27-year-archaicLuke Maile, a solid defensive backstop who had a career-most productive .248/.333/.366 batting line in 231 plate appearances remaining season.
Brito, 20 in March, signed with the Dodgers for a $2MM bonus as a 16-year-archaic amateur and has but to ascend previous Rookie ball. He split the 2018 season between the Dominican Summer season League (eight video games) and the Pioneer League (53 video games), posting a mixed .295/.359/.496 batting line with 11 homers and 14 doubles in 262 plate appearances. He’s reasonably a ways from mountainous league relevance, but he did trip solid production in opposition to older competition within the Pioneer League this previous season.
Sopko is a 24-year-archaic righty whom the Dodgers selected within the seventh spherical of the 2015 draft. He opened the 2018 season at Class-A Evolved and ascended to Double-A midway thru the season. Between these two ranges, Sopko notched a 3.52 ERA with 9.3 Okay/9 in opposition to 2.1 BB/9 and 1.1 HR/9. As a hover-ball righty with a low-90s heater who depends on modify, his life like ceiling is more alongside the traces of a succor-discontinue starter, but his success in Double-A ability he shouldn’t be too far from getting a glimpse on the mountainous league level.