The Braves have been said to be hot and heavy on Nick Markakis, and were reported to have met personally with Markakis in Baltimore the other day. But it may not be a one horse race:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 3, 2014
I don’t root for the Giants much, but ain’t gonna lie: rooting for them to save the Braves from themselves here. For, while Markakis may be a fine guy and a decent enough corner outfielder, he’s not the guy a team that is rebuilding or re-jiggering or whatever it is the Braves are doing should be going after.
At least not based on the contract he’s expected to get, which is 4-5 years and in excess of $10 million per. Yes, he’s a big name, but that name rests on a lot of production from several years ago. 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.