This is not about hockey but we already know the news is going to be heard all over Toronto, including the Maple Leafs' dressing room!
The Toronto Blue Jays have traded catcher Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a source has informed The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal reports the Blue Jays will cover a signficant portion of Martin's salary and receive two minor-league players back in the transaction.
Martin is entering the final year of his contract, a five-year, $82-million deal he inked with the Blue Jays back in 2014. He has $20 million remaining on his current deal.
The Toronto native took part in 90 games last season for the Jays and had one of the worst offensive seasons of his career, finishing with 10 homers and 25 RBIs. He also posted a career-low .194 batting average with a .338 on-base percentage.
Martin is primarily known as a catcher, however the 35-year-old also appeared at left field, shortstop and third base for the Jays last season.
Throughout his 13-year MLB career, Martin has also played for the Dodgers, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates.
He is now going back to Cali!