In a not so shocking improvement, the Blue Jays have traded their veteran catcher Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It felt like it was just a make any difference of time right before the Blue Jays would move on Russell Martin this winter, and which is exactly what happened on Friday afternoon, as it was declared that he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was very first reported by TSN’s Arash Madani on Twitter.
The Dodgers were identified to be in the marking for a catcher as their have Yasmani Grandal was a free of charge agent this winter, and signed with the Milwaukee Brewers previously this 7 days on a just one calendar year, 18.25 million greenback deal. As I stated in my piece from previously currently, that was the variety of domino that desired to fall in purchase for Ross Atkins to discover a trade suitor for Martin, and which is exactly what happened.
At this early phase we do not know what the return for Martin is just yet, but there is a excellent prospect that it was a relatively modest just one. The Blue Jays would also have experienced to eat some, most, or even all of Martin’s remaining 20 million dollars he’s owed on this year’s deal, and he’s owing to be a free of charge agent following the period.
He’ll join Austin Barnes in the catching ranks in L.A., a city and team he is familiar with. He started his job with the Dodgers again in 2006 and stayed there right up until the 2010 period, when he moved on to New York.
In Toronto, Martin played four of the 5 seasons he signed up for, and aided the team make again to again ALCS appearances in 2015 and 2016 as a critical section of both of those the offence and defence. Last period was a complicated just one nevertheless, as his numbers regressed a honest amount of money and he battled accidents. He also played all over the field, and even sat in the manager’s seat for the closing recreation of the period.
I have been declaring all offseason extensive that I hoped the Blue Jays would move on from Martin, mostly since I imagine he’s received sufficient still left in the tank to be a MLB starter, and I do not imagine he was likely to get that opportunity in Toronto next period with the presence of Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire, and the Blue Jays plans to rebuild.
The moment far more of the trade particulars are identified we’ll be absolutely sure to update you in this article at Jays Journal, but for now it seems like the Russell Martin period in Toronto is over. I hope I discuss on behalf of all Blue Jays admirers when I say thanks for your service, and we want you effectively in L.A.
*Update*- According to the Blue Jays, they will get insignificant league prospective buyers, SS Ronny Brito, and RHP Andrew Sopko, when the Dodgers get Martin and funds considerations.