Markakis agrees to four-year deal with Atlanta
Nick Markakis is headed home to Atlanta, according to multiple reports.
Though details on the value of the contract are not yet known, Passan indicated it’s “in the neighborhood of $44 million.”
Markakis, who attended high school and college in the Atlanta area, spent each of his first nine years in the Majors with Baltimore. The two-time Gold Glover is a career .290/.358./.435 hitter.
His numbers have declined over the last two seasons since undergoing surgery on his right wrist in 2012. He batted .271 and .276 in 2013 and 2014, respectively, the lowest season averages of his career. His 50 RBIs last year were also a career low, despite missing just seven games.
With the signing, one of the Braves other corner outfielders — Justin Upton or Evan Gattis — could soon be on their way out via trade.
– Chad Thornburg