Braves sign Nick Markakis to four-year contract

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Braves have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with free agent outfielder Nick Markakis. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says the deal is for $44 million.

Markakis has a lot of name recognition and he put together a few nice seasons with the Orioles, but the 31-year-old owns a troubling .274/.335/.371 batting line in 1,410 plate appearances since the beginning of the 2013 campaign. He won the 2014 American League Gold Glove Award for right field, but his defensive metrics are far from sparkling.

What exactly are the Braves doing?

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

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The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.