It felt like it was just a matter of time before the Blue Jays would move on Russell Martin this winter, and that's exactly what happened on Friday afternoon, as it was announced that he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Martin, who will turn 36 next month, played in 90 games a year ago and hit.194/.338/.325 with ten homers. He also posted a career-low.194 batting average with a.338 on-base percentage.
Los Angeles is getting cash to cover a significant portion of Martin's $20-million salary for 2019, reports The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
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.
Brito, 19, signed with the Dodgers as a free agent in 2015. He was ranked 23rd among by MLB.com among Dodgers prospects prior to the trade.
A seventh-round pick out of Gonzaga in 2015, Sopko ranked 26th on the Dodgers' Top 30 Prospects as recently as two years ago. He has spent much of the past three seasons at Double-A Tulsa.
Martin spent the first five seasons of his career with the Dodgers and has also played for the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates over the course of his 13-year Major League Baseball career. This year will be the last year of the five-year, $82 million deal he signed with the Blue Jays. It was truly an fantastic ride! I hope I speak on behalf of all Blue Jays fans when I say thanks for your service, and we wish you well in L.A.