Russell Martin Traded To Dodgers, Scouting Reports On Andrew Spoko, Ronny Brito

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 12, 2019

The Toronto Blue Jays have traded catcher Russell Martin and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for shortstop Ronny Brito and pitcher Andrew Sopko. A seventh-round pick in 2015, the 24-year-old has a career minor-league record of 27-17 with a 3.61 ERA with 363 strikeouts over 394 1/3 innings.

The trade sends Martin back to the team that drafted him in 2002. The move clears the way for No. 65 overall prospect Danny Jansen to assume full-time catching duties in Toronto after the 23-year-old played 31 games with the big club last year. The 35-year-old is in the final year of a five-year contract and is slated to earn $20 million in 2019. He helped the Blue Jays make back-to-back American League Championship Series appearances in 2015 and 2016.

Martin spent the first five seasons of his career with the Dodgers and has also played for the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates over the course of his 13-year Major League Baseball career.

He made 90 appearances last season and hit.194 with a 10 homers and 25 RBIs. Martin's numbers have tailed off in recent seasons and his playing time has diminished. He'll pair with Austin Barnes behind the plate for L.A. after free agent Yasmani Grandal reportedly signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

Toronto is in full teardown mode after two straight disappointing seasons.

"I want to thank the Blue Jays organization from top to bottom for the opportunity to play in my home country for the last four years".

The Blue Jays have been stockpiling prospects and will field a young team in 2019 with an eye to returning to contention two or three years down the road.

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