Martin headed back to Dodgers in trade with Blue Jays

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto on Friday, and also reached one-year deals with their seven remaining arbitration-eligible players.

The NL champions agreed with Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Enrique Hernandez, Pedro Baez, Josh Fields and Yimi Garcia on 2019 contracts.

With catcher Yasmani Grandal leaving for a deal with Milwaukee earlier in the week, the Dodgers had room to bring back Martin.

In exchange, the Dodgers sent minor leaguers Andrew Sopko, a right-hander, and Ronny Brito, an infielder, to the Blue Jays. Toronto is sending $16.4 million to offset some of the $20 million Martin is owed in the final season of his contract.

A four-time All-Star, Martin was with the Dodgers from 2006-10 and helped lead Los Angeles to three playoff appearances. The 35-year-old Canadian signed with the New York Yankees as a free agent after the 2010 season and spent two seasons in the Bronx before playing two seasons with Pittsburgh and four with Toronto.

He started 71 games at catcher and 21 at third base last year, hitting .194 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs.

OF Yasiel Puig

Traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds

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2B DJ Lamahieu

Left the Colorado Rockies in free agency to sign with the New York Yankees

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OF Matt Kemp

Traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds

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RHP Joe Kelly

Left the Boston Red Sox in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers

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C Yasmani Grandal

Left the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers

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2B Robinson Cano

Traded to the New York Mets from the Seattle Mariners

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RHP Edwin Diaz

Traded to the New York Mets from the Seattle Mariners

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RHP Jeurys Familia

Left the Oakland Athletics in free agency to sign with the New York Mets

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RF Andrew McCutchen

Left the New York Yankees in free agency to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies

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INF Jed Lowrie

Left the Oakland A’s in free agency to sign with the New York Mets

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RHP Ivan Nova

Traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago White Sox

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LHP Patrick Corbin

Left the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency to sign with the Washington Nationals

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1B Paul Goldschmidt

Traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the St. Louis Cardinals

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SS Jean Segura

Traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Philadelphia Phillies

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1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion

Traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Seattle Mariners

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1B Justin Bour

Left the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Angels

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1B Yonder Alonso

Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago White Sox

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OF Michael Brantley

Left the Cleveland Indians in free agency to sign with the Houston Astros

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RHP Matt Harvey

Left the Cincinnati Reds in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Angels

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RHP Anibal Sanchez

Left the Atlanta Braves in free agency to sign with the Washington Nationals

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DH Nelson Cruz

Left the Seattle Mariners in free agency to sign with the Minnesota Twins

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RHP Kendall Graveman

Left the Oakland A’s in free agency to sign with the Chicago Cubs

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RHP Charlie Morton

Left the Houston Astros in free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays

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Outfielder Domingo Santana

Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Seattle Mariners

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Infielder Daniel Murphy

Left the Chicago Cubs in free agency to sign with the Colorado Rockies

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RHP Joakim Soria

Left the Milwaukee Brewers in free agency to sign with the Oakland A’s

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RHP Andrew Miller

Left the Cleveland Indians in free agency to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals

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2B Ian Kinsler

Left the Boston Red Sox in free agency to sign with the San Diego Padres

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2B Jurickson Profar

Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Oakland A’s

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RHP Trevor Cahill

Left the Oakland A’s in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Angels

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2B Brian Dozier

Left the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency to sign with the Washington Nationals

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RHP Shelby Miller

Left the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency to sign with the Texas Rangers

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The Blue Jays bid farewell to Martin in a tweet: “For your leadership. For your passion. For representing Canada’s Team. Thank you, Russ.”

Martin was a 17th-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2002 amateur draft. They sent a tweet welcoming him back.

Overall, Martin’s teams have made the postseason nine times in 13 years. He has caught 1,519 games, including 1,455 starts, which ranks third among active players behind Yadier Molina (1,836) and Brian McCann (1,529).

Sopko, 24, is 27-17 with a 3.61 ERA in four seasons. Brito, 19, signed with the Dodgers as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic on July 2, 2015. In three seasons, he has hit .259 with 15 homers and 104 RBIs.

Seager was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. He played just 26 games before being shut down for Tommy John surgery and arthroscopic hip surgery for a labrum repair. The Dodgers believe the shortstop will be ready for opening day.

Pederson proved a solid leadoff hitter, batting .309 but he struggled against left-handed pitching with just nine hits and one homer in 53 at-bats versus southpaws.

Taylor started at four different positions last season, including shortstop in Seager’s absence. He had career highs in doubles, triples and walks.

Hernandez played every position except catcher in 2018. He struggled at the plate during the first half of the season before hitting .349 over the final two months. His hot bat went cold in October, however, and he was 5 for 41 in the postseason.

Baez established himself as one of the top relievers in the Dodgers’ bullpen last season.

Fields and Garcia, both right-handed relievers, missed time with injuries last year.

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