The Toronto Blue Jays continued their on-the-fly rebuild Friday by trading catcher Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for infield prospect Ronny Brito and minor-league pitcher Andrew Sopko.

As part of the deal, Martin will have the majority of his remaining $20 million salary paid by the Blue Jays before the 35-year-old Canadian can become a free agent following the 2019 campaign. While Brito and Sopko aren’t likely to get a shot in the majors this year — although it would seem Sopko could have an outside shot at some point — it’s a move in which Blue Jays management sees upside.

The skill, intelligence, grit and leadership Martin brought to the Blue Jays clubhouse, despite his production declining in each of his four years in Toronto, will be greatly missed.

With that in mind, though, here’s a closer look at what the Blue Jays got in return for the four-time all-star.

OFFICIAL: We’ve acquired SS Ronny Brito and RHP Andrew Sopko from the @Dodgers in exchange for C Russell Martin and cash considerations.

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) January 11, 2019

Name: Ronny Brito
Position: Shortstop
Throws: Right | Bats: Right
Age: 19
Height: Six-foot | Weight: 165 lbs.
From: San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Drafted: Signed with the Dodgers as international free agent in 2015

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins described the haul as “basically two low-impact lottery tickets” during a conference call with Toronto media Friday evening, and it’s Brito’s upside that should give the team’s fans the most optimism that this trade will work out in Toronto’s favour years down the line.

Brito has been impressive at the plate during his three minor-league seasons in the Dodgers’ system, most recently slashing .295/.359/.496 in 61 games with rookie-level Ogden Raptors in the Pioneer League and DSL Dodgers of the Dominican Summer League.

Scouting reports

This from Kyle Glaser of Baseball America on Brito at the plate: “Brito shows rare opposite-field power for a teenager, ambushing fastballs with a steep, uphill swing. He’s an aggressive free-swinger who doesn’t adjust with two strikes, resulting in plenty of strikeouts, but he makes impact contact when he connects. He is still working to improve his secondary pitch recognition and strike zone management.”

Here’s an example of that opposite-field power, plus his willingness …read more

Source:: – Sports news


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