Russell Martin To Jays For $82 Mil, Proving The Dodgers Can’t Buy Everything, And Timing Is Crucial
So I guess Andrew Friedman and his newly-installed Dodgers braintrust is 0-1, after Russell Martin decided to go back home to Canada today. I didn't think anyone went back to Canada -- Bieber, Jim Carrey, Ryan Gosling, all still here despite our best efforts.
But Russell Nathan Jeanson Coltrane Martin, Jr. will go to the Blue Jays -- pending today's physical -- for a reported $82 million over five years. And if that seems a lot, remember that he's the only viable catcher on the free agent market, and he's coming off a career year. He hit .290 for the Pirates with a .402 OBP, and plays excellent defense, throwing out 39 percent of potential base stealers.
In choosing to go home, is Martin now Is baseball's LeBron? He was born in Toronto, grew up in Chelsea, Quebec, and spent time in Montreal, where his father played the saxophone in subway stations to help support the family. He also spent part of his childhood in Paris, as did every good MLB catcher.*
So the Dodgers, Sad Trombone Cubs and incumbent Pirates were reportedly in the hunt, beside the Blue Jays. Although LA is looking to trim its unwieldy Payroll From Hell, Friedman really wanted Martin, and failed to come through. Good news for the NL West, and perhaps an indication that rich kids don't always get what they want.
But in the long run, this is probably good for the Dodgers, despite themselves. Martin is overpriced. So now perhaps they can address their bullpen issues.
* = may not be true.
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