So long, Orioles? Nick Markakis drawing interest from Blue Jays, Braves, Giants


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 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.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.