Blue Jays Fans were shocked last night as their Canadian team leader was traded back to the team that drafted him the Dodgers. The Blue Jays loose one of their best clubhouse leaders in this trade and a Canadian citizen. The Jays sent 16.4 Million Dollars with Martin to the Dodgers to receive a pair of prospects.
Russell Martin was a center piece to the Blue Jays Playoff runs in 2015 & 2016. Without Martin anchoring the catching position the teams young pitchers might not have excelled to the level needed for the Blue Jays to break their playoff drought. Martin is a class act that knows the game of baseball. Not only was he an elite catcher in his time but carried plenty of offense. All that in a package that knew how to win ball games. The Montreal native will be missed North of the Border but still has plenty of baseball left in him.
On the flip side of the trade the Blue Jays get a pair of youngsters that project well. First Ronny Brito brings high end defensive pro-wise to the middle of the diamond with some solid pop at the dish. He hit 11 home runs in rookie ball last year and at the age of 19 presents a high upside wildcard for the Jays Organization.
I want to thank the Blue Jays organization from top to bottom for the opportunity to play in my home country for the last 4 years. It was truly an amazing ride! I’ll miss this great team and staff. I am now looking forward to being back with the Dodgers where it all began fo… pic.twitter.com/QITH9wws5E
— Russell Martin (@russellmartin55) January 11, 2019
Andrew Sopko is a 24 year old RHP that has performed well in the Minors. He had some difficulties adjusting to the AA level this past year but projects as a good depth arm for the organization. The Blue Jays have made it known that they are looking to add arms into the system and this shows they will take a chance on a throw in arm on a trade to meet that point.
In other news David Phelps signed with the Blue Jays the other day. He is looking to join the bullpen after bouncing back from Tommy John Surgery. In a very interesting contract the Blue Jays give him a chance to prove himself along with setting him up for solid pay with performance incentives. This is a great signing for the Jays as they look for live arms to fill out their bullpen.
The Blue Jays have also reached terms with all of their arbitration eligible players.
Joe Biagini $900,000
Brendan Drury $1.3 Mil
Ken Giles $6,300,000
Randal Grichuk $5 Mil
Kevin Pillar $5.8 Mil
Aaron Sanchez $3.9 Mil
Marcus Stroman $7.4 Mil
Devon Travis $1.925 Mil
All this and more in the latest episode of Jay Bird Watching. Our Guest Hayden Godfrey joins Craig Borden to talk all the latest news.