SportsJays ship catcher Martin to Dodgers

23:55  11 january  2019
23:55  11 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Blue Jays trading catcher Russell Martin to Dodgers

Blue Jays trading catcher Russell Martin to Dodgers The Toronto Blue Jays are trading catcher Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The post Cosentino: Giants’ Byram top defenceman in 2019 draft appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

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Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that he will allow catcher Russell Martin to manage the team in their season finale against The Jays officially announced this week that Gibbons will be out as manager at the conclusion of the 2018 season. Toronto enters play Saturday with a

Jays ship catcher Martin to Dodgers© Provided by thecanadianpress.com Toronto Blue Jays' Russell Martin (55) has words with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson (73) during second inning American League baseball action against the Oakland Athletics in Toronto on Friday, May 18, 2018. The Toronto Blue Jays are trading catcher Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers, accoring to several media reports. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn TORONTO - An off-season of change continued for the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday as the team dealt catcher Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pair of minor-league prospects.

The move came a month after the Blue Jays gave another high-priced veteran — shortstop Troy Tulowitzki — his release.

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Like the Tulowitzki decision, Toronto will be eating a lot of Martin's salary. The Canadian is owed US$20 million this season and reports indicate the Dodgers will only be on the hook for a fraction of it.

Joining the Blue Jays are right-hander Andrew Sopko and infielder Ronny Brito.

Sopko, who played 14 games for the double-A Tulsa Drillers last season, had a 3-1 record with a 3.88 earned-run average. 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.

Brito, 19, split last season between the Dominican Summer League Dodgers and the rookie-level Ogden Raptors, hitting .295 over 61 games.

The trade sends Martin back to the team that drafted him in 2002. The 35-year-old from Chelsea, Que., spent his first five big-league seasons with the Dodgers.

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Russell Martin . Position: Catcher . Bats: Right • Throws: Right. 1/7 Dodgers Nation: Dodgers : Analyzing Catcher Options for 2019 – An Update : This is an update to 1/2 Jays Journal: Blue Jays : Russell Martin "interesting to a lot of teams" : Canadian catcher Russell Martin could be traded away

Martin ’s best offensive skill has always been his ability to work deep counts and draw walks, not hit for a high average — he’s a lifetime .251 hitter and has A league-average bat, combined with Martin ’s typically strong defence and pitching staff management skills, makes him an asset for the Blue Jays .

Martin signed with Toronto as a free agent in November 2014. He helped the Blue Jays make back-to-back American League Championship Series appearances 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. Martin's numbers have tailed off in recent seasons and his playing time has diminished.

He made 90 appearances last season and hit .194 with a 10 homers and 25 RBIs. Martin is slated to become a free agent at the end of the 2019 season.

Tulowitzki recently signed with the Yankees for the major-league minimum of $555,000. That will be offset against the $20 million that he's owed for 2019 by the Blue Jays, who are also on the hook to pay him $14 million for 2020 along with a $4-million buyout of a 2021 team option.

Toronto is in full teardown mode after two straight disappointing seasons. The Blue Jays finished fourth in the American League East last year with a 73-89 record.

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.


Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. With files from The Associated Press.

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