Jays ship catcher Russell Martin to Dodgers

Jays ship catcher Russell Martin to Dodgers

Before the deal with the Dodgers came together, Ross Atkins had "ongoing discussions" with several teams before ultimately trading Martin to Los Angeles, per Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. Not surprisingly, Toronto will be eating a large portion of his salary.

The catcher is coming off of a rough season in which he hit only.194/.338/.325 for Toronto.

In return, the Blue Jays will receive SS Ronny Brito and RHP Andrew Sopko. Toronto will send $16.4 million to Los Angeles by September 1, offsetting most of the $20 million Martin is owed in the final season of his contract.

With the Miami Marlins shopping J.T. Realmuto for the last few months, the Dodgers have been at the forefront of the trade rumors involving the 27-year-old catcher.

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Brito, 19, is a Dominican-born infielder who spent last season in rookie ball.

A seventh-round pick out of Gonzaga in 2015, Sopko ranked 26th on the Dodgers' Top 30 Prospects as recently as two years ago. 295 over 61 games.

Enter Martin. The Dodgers selected him in the 17th round of the 2002 draft and received five productive major league seasons from him. The 35-year-old from Chelsea, Que., spent his first five big-league seasons with the Dodgers. 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. The same core would lead Toronto to back-to-back American League Championship games in 2015 and 2016.

The four-time all-star has also played for the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates over his 13-year big-league career. In his two seasons in the Bronx, 2011 and 2012, he caught 258 games, batting.224 with 39 homers and 118 RBIs. The team is paying all of the $38 million it owes to Troy Tulowitzki, who was released in December, over the next two seasons ($20 million in 2019). The Blue Jays finished fourth in the American League East a year ago with a 73-89 record. With files from The Associated Press.

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