With trade season upon us, I’ll be looking at some of the Dodgers more recent trades.
In January, the Dodgers traded shortstop prospect Ronny Brito and starting pitching prospect Andrew Sopko to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for former/current catcher Russell Martin.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) January 11, 2019
At the time the Dodgers acquired Russell Martin, Yasmani Grandal, the long-time Dodgers’ catcher, was reportedly on the verge of leaving Los Angeles. Russell Martin was traded to Los Angeles on January 11 and Yasmani Grandal signed with the Milwaukee Brewers three days later.
Russell Martin is still with the team in his second stint with the club and although he is currently struggling with the bat, Martin represents a very solid veteran presence in a relatively young Dodgers’ clubhouse.
Martin has just an 84 wRC+ this season across 42 games.
The Moving Parts
Initially an international free agent signed to a hefty signing bonus, Brito underwhelmed as a member of the Dodgers’ organization. Brito reached A-ball for the Dodgers, but is currently playing at High-A in the Blue Jays’ organization. In 18 games total this season, Brito has posted a .569 OPS and through 14 games at Low-A Vancouver, Brito posted a 60 wRC+. A lot more of the same for Brito — in short, he has not been much of a loss.
Sopko, 24, is not a fan of the strikeout, but he can pitch. In 34 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays’ AA affiliate, he pitched to the tune of a 2.34 ERA and only held a 19.4 K%. After advancing to Triple-A Buffalo, Sopko has a 6.61 ERA and 7.57 FIP in 31 1/3 innings.
This trade has turned out to be a break-even. Martin is valuable in the way that he is providing a major league service. There is a very real chance that Brito and Sopko never see the majors. This trade filled a need.