Just minutes ago, the Toronto Blue Jays have trade catcher, Russell Martin, to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for two minor league players, INF Ronny Brito and RHP Andrew Sopko. It is also likely that the Blue Jays will be paying a substantial amount of Martin’s remaining deal. Russell Martin, 35, will be a free agent after the 2019 season. So far in his career, Russell Martin is a four-time All Star, most recently in 2015 and has won a Gold Glove.
Like many Dodger fans, this isn’t the trade we were hoping to see pop up on our phones or on TV. We want Realmuto or a catcher that at least has more life in him. However, according to Jon Heyman, the Dodgers are still in on Realmuto. Maybe they can use Martin as some sort of leverage? Who knows with this front office, they are definitely creative and surprising with their acquisitions.
Remember when I talked about Harper and Machado being somewhat selfish? Well this backfired on the Dodgers, sorta. While there was no definitive truth to the Dodgers being a frontrunner for Lemahieu, them being in the running for Harper definitely did them no help. Instead of signing Lemahieu, they waited to see how the Harper sweepstakes would pan out. Waiting for something to eventually happen, Dj Lemahieu signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the New York Yankees.
What does this mean for us Dodger fans? It means that unless the Dodgers sign or trade for a solid second baseman, we may just have to settle with Kikè Hernandez and Chris Taylor platooning. What does this mean for baseball? With the signings of Lemahieu and Tulowitzki, it is hard to imagine Manny Machado signing with the Yankees. Then again, I’m not saying anything with certainty until I’m watching the press conference with Machado or Harper.