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The Quebecer Russell Martin has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.
The news was confirmed to QMI Agency.
Martin is therefore making a comeback with the Dodgers, he wore the colors of this team in his first five seasons in major league baseball, from 2006 to 2010.
In return for the Québécois, the Blue Jays have won the shortstop Ronny Brito and the right-handed pitcher Andrew Sopko, two players of the minor leagues.
The rumors surrounding a possible transaction involving Martin circulated since several weeks already.
The Blue Jays are relying on some young hopefuls for the position of a receiver is Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire.
In 2018, Martin had been limited to only two games of the Blue Jays in September, moving to the third goal during each of these meetings. For the whole of the campaign, Quebec has played in 71 parties to the position of the receiver, and was used in the third cushion in 21 games. It has also seen action at shortstop and in left field.
The details of the transaction have not been disclosed, but it is possible to believe that the Blue Jays will pay a portion of the salary of $ 20 million that has to touch Martin in the next season. The Quebec elapse in 2019, the final year of a five-year contract –for a total of $ 82 million – that it had been granted by the Jays in November 2014.
To the world Series?
In Los Angeles, Martin may share the work behind the plate with catcher Austin Barnes. The Dodgers were counting also on the catcher Yasmani Grandal, last season, but it has entered into a one year agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week.
35-year-old, Martin will also have the opportunity to lead several excellent pitchers, including Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. The Québécois will also Kershaw, who already was with the Dodgers during the first pass of the receiver with this team.
If Martin drastically increases his chances of winning the world Series in joining the Dodgers, force is to admit that the new comes, however, to cool the partisan montreal in order to visit the Blue Jays, the 25 and 26 march at the olympic Stadium, in the framework of preseason matchups in the face of the Brewers.
In 13 seasons in major league baseball, Martin has helped his club to gain access to the playoffs nine occasions. He, however, has never acceded to the grand final. In addition to the Dodgers and Blue Jays, the Quebec has also evolved for the New York Yankees in 2011 and 2012, and the Pittsburgh Pirates, in 2013 and 2014.