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Dodgers News: Minor League All-Star Outfielder Heading to Korea to Continue Career

Outfielder Jason Martin, who spent 2022 in the Dodgers organization and made the Triple-A All-Star team for Oklahoma City, has signed with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization, according to MLB Trade Rumors. Martin became a minor-league free agent at the end of the 2022 season.

December 8: The club has announced the signing, as relayed by Kurtz. Martin will make a $720K salary and $180K signing bonus, with $100K in incentives also available.

December 4: The NC Dinos are working on completing a deal with outfielder Jason Martin, according to Dan Kurtz of MyKBO. This will be Martin’s first stint overseas after 10 seasons in affiliated North American baseball.

Martin played with the Pirates in 2019-20 and with the Rangers in 2021, hitting his first career homer in 2021 against the Dodgers off position player Andy Burns. Burns and Martin were teammates in 2022 with OKC, when Martin posted a .938 OPS with 32 homers and 107 RBIs in 544 plate appearances.

This is a great opportunity for Martin, who will get a chance to actually make a living wage in Korea after toiling for relative peanuts in the minors in the U.S. If he performs well in the KBO, he could earn a shot to play in the big leagues again in a year or two.

In 2018, Martin was one of four players sent from the Astros to the Pirates for Gerrit Cole, along with Colin Moran, Michael Feliz, and Joe Musgrove. In 2017, while playing for High-A Buies Creek, Martin homered in his first three at-bats in a game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, which I know because I saw it happen.

He ended up 3-for-6 on the night, but it was still cool. Hopefully the slugger can have more cool moments like that in the KBO.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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  1. Never understood why Martin never got a look/see this past year. Geeze, the guy hit 32 HR and had 107 RBI at AAA OKC.

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