Martin, the premier catcher on this year's free-agent market, agreed Monday to a five-year, $82-million contract with the
The Dodgers had interest in Martin, but they had no interest in a contract anywhere near that length for a player of that age. Martin will be 36 when the contract expires in 2019.
In 2018, the Dodgers are committed to $107 million for five players, none of whom will be younger than 30: Clayton Kershaw ($33 million at 30), Zack Greinke ($24 million at 34), Adrian Gonzalez ($21.5 million at 36), Matt Kemp ($21.5 million at 34) and Hyun-jin Ryu ($7 million at 31). Grienke can opt out of his contract after next season.
Martin batted .290 with 11 home runs and a career-high 402 on-base percentage for the
Martin started his career with the Dodgers and made the All-Star team twice in five seasons. The Dodgers did not offer him a contract after the 2010 season, declining to guarantee him even $5 million after a hip injury and consecutive seasons with an OPS under .700.
Heyward, 25, an elite defensive outfielder, batted .271 with 11 home runs and 20 stolen bases for the Braves last season. He is eligible for free agency after next season, although players such as
The Cardinals had juggled Taveras,
The Braves also sent ex-Angels reliever