Russell Martin thanks Blue Jays, fans for ‘amazing ride’

MLB insider Ben Nicholson-Smith joins Alex Seixeiro to discuss the breaking news that the Blue Jays have traded Russell Martin to the Dodgers.

Canadian catcher Russell Martin took to social media Friday to thank the Toronto Blue Jays and their fans for what he described as an “amazing ride” the last four years.

“I want to thank the Blue Jays organization from top to bottom for the opportunity to play in my home country the last 4 [sic] years,” Martin wrote. “It was truly an amazing ride! … I would like to extend a very special thanks to Toronto fans that followed me every step of the way. I am truly grateful for your continued support.”

Martin, a Montreal native, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pair of prospects Friday. Originally drafted by his hometown Expos, Martin broke into the Majors with the Dodgers, spent the first five years of his big-league career in L.A., was named to the all-star team twice and won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award in 2007.

“I am now looking forward to being back with the Dodgers where it all began for me,” Martin wrote.

The 35-year-old played his first Major League season with the Dodgers in 2006.

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