Dodgers get catcher in trade with Blue Jays

Russell Martin is reuniting with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The four-time All-Star catcher is returning to the organization that drafted him in 2002 in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, the clubs announced on Friday.

With the departure of catcher Yasmani Grandal to free agency, the Dodgers countered by acquiring Martin for minor league shortstop Ronny Brito and right-handed pitcher Andrew Sopko.

Toronto also sent cash to the Dodgers in the deal. Martin will earn $20 million this season and is in final year of a five-year, $82 million contract.

Martin, who turns 36 next month, had a down year in 2018, batting a career-low .194 in 90 games. Martin’s best years were with the Dodgers from he hit .272 from 2006-10. 

He is an above-average pitch framer who will likely share duties with Austin Barnes until the arrival Will Smith and/or Keibert Ruiz, each of whom will start the season in the minors. 




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