Blue Jays trade catcher Russell Martin to Dodgers for minor-leaguers

The Toronto Blue Jays have traded catcher Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Coming back in return are a pair of minor-leaguers: Shortstop Ronny Brito and right-handed pitcher Andrew Sopko.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Toronto will be eating a “significant” portion of the $20 million Martin’s owed this coming season.

Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith prognosticates that the Blue Jays could retain a figure within the $16-$18 million range.

Though he was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2000, Martin will be returning to the team he broke into the majors with in the Dodgers.

The 35-year-old batted .225/.336/.399 with 66 home runs and 211 RBIs over 1,759 plate appearances and 447 games played in four seasons with the Blue Jays, including an all-star appearance in 2015.

Martin will be a free agent at the end of the 2019 season.

Brito, 19, hit .295/.359/.496 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI in 61 games with the DSL Dodgers and rookie-ball Ogden.

Sopko, 24, split last season between between high-A Rancho Cucamonga and double-A Tulsa, posting a 3.52 ERA with 121 strikeouts and 27 walks over 117.2 innings pitched combined.

Originally published at https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-trading-catcher-russell-martin-dodgers/

Post Author: HockeyHawk