Russell Martin traded to Dodgers, back to where it began

Kirby Lee Image of Sport via USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee Image of Sport via USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays traded catcher Russell Martin and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for shortstop Ronny Brito and right-hander Andrew Sopko on Friday, the team announced.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Blue Jays will cover a signficant portion of Martin's salary in the deal.

Martin, who will turn 36 next month, played in 90 games past year and hit.194/.338/.325 with ten homers. The 35-year-old is in the final year of a five-year contract and is slated to earn $20 million in 2019. He hit a career-low.194 in 2018, combining for just 181 games over the past two seasons.

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The soon-to-be 36-year-old Martin spent the first five years of his career with the Dodgers, appearing in two All-Star Games and winning a Gold Glove during his tenure.

With Grandal opting for free agency, the Dodgers were linked to a multitude of catchers, most prominently Yan Gomes and J.T. Realmuto. He has spent much of the past three seasons at Double-A Tulsa. Sopko was not ranked among the Dodgers' top 30 prospects by MLB.com. He started his career with the Dodgers back in 2006 and stayed there until the 2010 season, when he moved on to NY. I am now looking forward to being back with the Dodgers where it all began for me. I hope I speak on behalf of all Blue Jays fans when I say thanks for your service, and we wish you well in L.A. "I am truly grateful for your continued support", Martin tweeted.

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