Martin to Dodgers; LeMahieu to Yanks

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

The Dodgers, who lost catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal to free agency, ac­quired catcher Rus­sell Martin from Toronto for two mi­nor-lea­guers Fri­day.

Los An­ge­les traded righthander An­drew Sopko and in­fielder Ronny Brito to the Blue Jays, who will send $16.4 mil­lion to the Dodgers 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 through ’10 and helped lead Los An­ge­les to three play­off ap­pear­ances. Martin, 35, hit .194 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs last sea­son.

“He was re­ally ex­cited about it,” Dodgers pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions An­drew Fried­man said of Martin. “L.A. holds a special place in his heart. He wants to win a cham­pi­onship and he talked about how he’ll do any­thing you guys want.”

⏩ Gold Glove sec­ond base­man D.J. LeMahieu agreed to a twoyear, $24 mil­lion deal with the Yan­kees.

LeMahieu, 30, spent the past eight sea­sons with Colorado and won the Na­tional League bat­ting ti­tle in 2016 with a .348 av­er­age. He hit .276 last year with 15 homers and 62 RBIs, and won his sec­ond straight Gold Glove and third over­all.

New York was seek­ing in­field­ers in the ab­sence of short­stop Didi Gre­go­rius, who is re­cov­er­ing from Tommy John surgery. The Yan­kees signed Troy Tu­low­itzki last week and said he will be their start­ing short­stop. LeMahieu likely will get time at sec­ond, third and pos­si­bly even first.

Ar­bi­tra­tion re­port: Amer­i­can League MVP Mookie Betts and Na­tional League Cy Young Award win­ner Ja­cob deGrom were among the play­ers who agreed to one-year deals to avoid salary ar­bi­tra­tion.

Bos­ton’s Betts got a $20 mil­lion con­tract, a $9.5 mil­lion raise from 2018 after the right fielder hit .346 with 32 homers, 80 RBIs and 30 stolen bases last sea­son.

New York’s deGrom agreed to a a $17 mil­lion pact, a $9.6 mil­lion in­crease from his 2018 salary, after he was 10-9 with a 1.70 ERA and 269 strike­outs in 217 in­nings last sea­son.

Other play­ers agree­ing to one-year deals were Wash­ing­ton’s An­thony Ren­don ($18.8 mil­lion), the White Sox’s Jose Abreu ($16 mil­lion), the Cubs’ Kris Bryant ($12.9 mil­lion), Bos­ton’s Xan­der Bo­gaerts ($12 mil­lion), Cleve­land’s Fran­cisco Lin­dor ($10.55 mil­lion) and Cincin­nati’s Tan­ner Roark ($10 mil­lion).

Among the no­table play­ers who did not reach agree­ment on a con­tract was Colorado’s Nolan Are­nado.

After bat­ting .297 with 38 homers and 110 RBIs and win­ning his sixth Gold Glove while earn­ing $17.75 mil­lion, the third base­man asked for a record $30 mil­lion in ar­bi­tra­tion and was of­fered $24 mil­lion. He will top the record for a salary for an ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble player, a $23 mil­lion deal last year by third base­man Josh Don­ald­son with Toronto.

Among the 157 play­ers el­i­gi­ble at the start of the day, 15 re­mained with­out deals.

Briefly: Hous­ton third base­man Alex Breg­man had arthro­scopic surgery to re­move loose bod­ies from his right el­bow, but the team said it ex­pects him to ready for its March 28 sea­son opener. Breg­man hit .286 with 31 homers and 103 RBIs last year . ... For­mer Gi­ants catcher An­drew Susac was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment by Bal­ti­more, which claimed in­fielder Hanser Al­berto off waivers from the Yan­kees . ... Cleve­land claimed right-han­der A.J. Cole off waivers from the Yan­kees. Cole, 27, had a 4.26 ERA in 28 re­lief ap­pear­ances for New York last sea­son . ... The Yan­kees signed right-han­der Drew Hutchi­son, who made five starts for Texas last sea­son, to a mi­nor-league con­tract. Hutchi­son, 28, is 32-23 with a 5.10 ERA in parts of five ma­jor-league sea­sons.

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