Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Royals are interested in Braves outfielder Nick Markakis.
Kansas City could use the outfield help and they have quite a history of trading with the Braves. Heck, take Francoeur while you’re at it.
Markakis could be useful in that, when he’s going well, he gets on base pretty solidly even if his power has evaporated. This year he hasn’t been going particularly well. He’s hitting .260/.337/.366. Last year he hit .296/.370/.376, though, and maybe he’d do well with a change of scenery.
The biggest hitch is that he’s owed $10.5 million each of the next two years and that’s a bit much for a guy who can get on base a little. Clubs tend to figure money out though and the Braves are willing to trade anyone, so it could be a good fit.