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Russell Martin traded to the Dodgers for minor leaguers Andrew Sopko and Ronny Brito

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It’s Transaction Friday!

Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

We take a break from your regularly scheduled arbitration news to bring you a breaking trade. It seems like Russell Martin is headed back to the team that drafted him:

The Jays are receiving two minor leaguers in exchange:

Eric Longenhagen (of Fangraphs) has further details on the newest members of the organization:

After Yasmani Grandal signed with the Brewers, Russell Martin became the next best catcher available after JT Realmuto. The Dodgers, one of the teams Matt W identified in his piece on Russell Martin, were in need of an upgrade. They were in talks with the Marlins about Realmuto, but the asking price is reported to be high. This gives the Dodgers some more depth should they come up empty handed with Miami.

Martin made his MLB debut with the Dodgers and played for their major league team from 2006-2010.

Martin’s batting average and slugging percentage declined last season, but he still has a solid on base percentage and is very strong in framing and other defensive skills not measured by traditional stats. He was a huge part of the Blue Jays’ success during their playoff runs in 2015 and 2016.

This also clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Phelps.

UPDATE: The amount of cash included in the deal is $16.4M