Jays ship veteran catcher Russell Martin to Dodgers for minor leaguers

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The Dodgers are optimistic his approach, which Friedman characterized as elite, will allow Martin to bounce back.

The Dodgers reacquired Martin in a trade with Toronto on Friday, receiving the veteran catcher in exchange for a couple minor leaguers. Toronto will also pay a majority of Martin's $20 million salary in 2019, the a year ago of his current deal.

The Dodgers also reached one-year deals with their seven remaining arbitration-eligible players. I am now looking forward to being back with the Dodgers where it all began for me. Instead of releasing him, Los Angeles kept Kemp and he ended up having an All-Star first half of the season.

Martin hit.194/.338/.325 for the Blue Jays last season in what was the worst offensive season of his career. Obviously the Dodgers are hoping his bat can improve, but we already know he's a tremendous defensive catcher and calls games very well.

Brito, 19, is a Dominican-born infielder who spent last season in rookie ball. The Dodgers had a need at catcher after losing Yasmani Grandal in free agency, so Martin should pair with Austin Barnes behind the plate.

"This year, it's a big year for me", he said. "I think I've gotten probably a little bit better at receiving, learned some tricks behind the plate when it comes to blocking ... overall the understanding of how to manage a pitching staff and get the best out of each individual pitcher". Previously, Nicholson-Smith had estimated that the Blue Jays would be on the hook for between $16 million and $18 million. The right-handed starter posted a 3-1 record in Double-A last season with 3.88 ERA over 14 games (11 starts).

Brito, who will turn 20 in March, ranked 23rd among Dodgers prospects, according to MLB Pipeline. In his two seasons in the Bronx, 2011 and 2012, he caught 258 games, batting.224 with 39 homers and 118 RBIs.

Since last playing for the Dodgers in 2010, Martin has logged innings at second base, third base, shortstop and left field for the Blue Jays.

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