Blue Jays are looking to trade Canadian catcher Russell Martin

Nov 30 2018, 3:28 am

Russell Martin’s time with the Toronto Blue Jays is getting near the end.

Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that the Blue Jays have talked about trading the Canadian catcher, and other teams are interested in him.

It should come as no surprise that the Blue Jays would be looking to trade a 35-year-old veteran, given they are a rebuilding team.

Martin can still contribute, but his offensive numbers have been in decline for some time. The Montreal native’s batting average slipped to .194 last season, with 10 home runs, and 25 RBIs. Martin’s on-base percentage remained respectable at .338 though, and that’s reportedly what has teams interested in his services.

Entering the last year of a five-year, $82 million contract, the Blue Jays will need to retain salary to find a suitor. Martin, along with Troy Tulowitzki, are now the team’s highest-paid players, each set to earn $20 million next season.

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