The Toronto Blue Jays have traded catcher Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers for shortstop Ronny Brito and staunch-hander Andrew Sopko and cash concerns, the groups presented on Friday. The Blue Jays will be paying a “important” half of Martin’s $20 million salary, however the valid quantity is not any longer but known.
For Martin, who turns 36 in February, he’ll be support in Los Angeles where he played his first 5 seasons with the Dodgers. The Dodgers had been wanting one other catcher and had possibilities to profit for a deal — they had been reportedly cited because the entrance-runners for a Realmuto alternate however the Marlins had been searching out for a wide return. The Realmuto sweepstakes intensified after L.A.’s starting catcher final season, Yasmani Grandal, reportedly landed with the Brewers. The Martin alternate could doubtlessly signal the reside of the Dodgers’ possibilities of landing the young Miami catcher, but we will have to wait and discover about.
Martin, 36 subsequent month, is within the final year of a 5-year, $82 million deal he signed support forward of the 2015 season. A four-time All-Superstar and .249/.349/.399 profession hitter, has been to the postseason in 9 of his 13 seasons. His 1,519 games within the support of the plate wicked third amongst lively catchers, within the support of handiest Yadier Molina and Brian McCann. But it completely’s no surprise to review Martin’s offensive numbers trending downward, and the catcher used to be restricted by accidents, playing in neutral 90 games final season.