Last night we learned that Nick Markakis is no longer considered likely to re-sign with the Orioles after spending the first nine years of his career in Baltimore.
So where might the 31-year-old free agent outfielder end up? According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com the teams interested in Markakis include the Blue Jays, Braves, and Giants. And the Orioles, too.
At this point it seems all but guaranteed that Markakis will get a big money deal for at least 4-5 years, which is interesting considering his lack of recent production. This past season he hit just .276 with 14 homers and a .729 OPS in 155 games and he was even worse in 2013, hitting .271 with 10 homers and a .685 OPS in 160 games.
Any team signing him is clearly a huge fan of Markakis’ defense in right field and willing to bet big on a return to his 2006-2012 form. Baltimore made Markakis a free agent by turning down his $17.5 million option for 2015.