Dodgers get back catcher Martin in trade with Blue Jays

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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.

Whether they’re done look­ing at catch­ers, in­clud­ing a trade for Mi­ami’s J.T. Real­muto, team ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Fried­man wouldn’t com­mit.

“Our fo­cus is still and will al­ways be on how we can con­tinue to im­prove and make our­selves bet­ter,” the club’s pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions said. “That remains our mind­set in ev­ery re­spect.”

In ex­change for Martin, 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. Fried­man said he’s not sure how play­ing time will be di­vided be­tween Austin Barnes and Martin.

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

YAN­KEES: Gold Glovewin­ning free-agent sec­ond base­man D.J. LeMahieu and the Yan­kees have agreed to a $24 mil­lion, two-year con­tract, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions told The As­so­ci­ated Press, a deal that would ap­pear to elim­i­nate New York as a des­ti­na­tion for Manny Machado.

The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity Fri­day be­cause no agree­ment had been an­nounced.

The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the pre­vi­ous eight sea­sons with Colorado at hit­ter­friendly Coors Field and won the NL bat­ting ti­tle in 2016 with a .348 av­er­age. He hit .276 last year with 15 homers and 62 RBIs, and he 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 and is not ex­pected back un­til sum­mer. The Yan­kees signed for­mer Colorado short­stop Troy Tu­low­itzki last week and said he will be their start­ing short­stop. LeMahieu likely will see time at sec­ond, third and pos­si­bly even first.

METS: NL Cy Young Award win­ner Ja­cob deGrom and the New York Mets agreed to a $17 mil­lion, one-year con­tract, a record raise for an ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble player from his $7.4 mil­lion salary.

DeGrom’s fig­ure set a mark for a pitcher el­i­gi­ble for ar­bi­tra­tion for the third time.

DeGrom led the ma­jors with a 1.70 ERA in 217 in­nings and was se­lected to his sec­ond All-Star Game. He was fifth in MVP vot­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing lit­tle run sup­port on a fourth­place squad.

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