The Dodgers, who lost catcher Yasmani Grandal to free agency, acquired catcher Russell Martin from Toronto for two minor-leaguers Friday.
Los Angeles traded right-hander 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 two-year, $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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