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

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

After spending the last four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, Russell Martin is returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade with Toronto, according to Arash Madini of Sportsnet.

The Blue Jays are sending Martin and cash to the Dodgers for RHP Andrew Sopko and infielder Ronny Brito.

The soon-to-be 36-year-old Martin spent the first five years of his career with the Dodgers, appearing in two All-Star Games and winning a Gold Glove during his tenure.

Excited about once again joining the Dodgers, the team that originally drafted him in 2002, Martin said he is "looking forward to being back with the Dodgers where it all began". Previously, Nicholson-Smith had estimated that the Blue Jays would be on the hook for between $16 million and $18 million.

For the last few seasons, as Danny Jansen worked his way up the Blue Jays organizational ladder, succeeding at every new level, he was touted as the team's "catcher of the future".

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Once one of baseball's top backstops, age has caught up to Martin in recent seasons.

Considering average annual value (AAV) of a contract is what gets calculated for luxury tax purposes, Martin's payroll for the 2019 season is actually $16.4 million.

Tulowitzki recently signed with the Yankees for the major-league minimum of $555,000.

Toronto will reportedly be paying a significant portion of his $20 million 2019 salary.

Toronto is in full teardown mode after two straight disappointing seasons.

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