Markakis, O’s in ‘serious’ talks

Talks between the Orioles and Nick Markakis regarding a four-year deal are “serious,” according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Dialogue between Baltimore — the only organization Markakis has ever known — and the outfielder broke down earlier this week, but progress was made Wednesday, writes Heyman.

Markakis staying in Baltimore makes sense for both parties. The 30-year-old (who turns 31 next week) has spent all nine of his seasons with the Orioles, who selected him No. 7 overall in the 2003 Draft.

Markakis is a career .290/.358/.435 hitter with two Gold Glove Awards, including this past year.

— Cash Kruth

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