Jays trade C Martin to Dodgers for SS Brito, RHP Sopko

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

The Los Angeles Dodgers have strengthened their catching corps, officially acquiring backstop Russell Martin, along with cash, from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for prospects Ronny Brito and Andrew Sopko. In a part-time role last season, Martin hit just.194 with an OPS of.663. The Dominican Republic native hit.288 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI in 53 games in the Pioneer Rookie League last season.

The move does not preclude the Dodgers from pursuing coveted Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, who remains available via trade. The Dodgers had a need at catcher after losing Yasmani Grandal in free agency, so Martin should pair with Austin Barnes behind the plate. Pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training on February 14. The Dodgers are betting on his potential, but he'll have to earn his share of the workload. "We still believe that there's a lot of upside there and that he will be a significantly better player than he was in 2018". The shortstop agreed to a deal with the AL East rival New York Yankees after the new year. Both made their big league debut last season and should be close to ready to play full-time in 2019.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Russell Martin (55) double during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Martin is determined to prove that he can.


"We really like what they bring behind the plate in terms of their receiving and game calling and the work they've put in to prepare for a game", he said. "So I'm looking for a bounce-back year". "I'm gonna be as professional as I possibly can be and that hopefully translates to some good results".

The 2019 Blue Jays will look significantly different compared to last season.

A four-time All-Star, Martin was with the Dodgers from 2006-10 and helped lead Los Angeles to three playoff appearances. Three of his four best defensive seasons came in a Dodgers uniform, according to Baseball Prospectus' rating for fielding runs above average adjusted for position. I'll miss this great team and staff.

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