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.

— Russell Martin (@russellmartin55) January 11, 2019

“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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