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21 Nick Markakis RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/200 | Birthdate: 11/17/1983 | Birthplace: Glen Cove, NY | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Atlanta | College: Young Harris College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $15,350,000 | Owned/Started%: 89/69 | Average Draft Position: 183.10
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Hart: Braves expecting Markakis to be 'full go' in spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck Wednesday, per MLB.com. The team expects Markakis to resume baseball activities before the start of spring training. 

"We talked to (Dr.) Steve Wray after the surgery and he said it really went well," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "He said [the procedure] really went well, and he thinks that this guy will be ready to go full go in spring training. The only thing is that there will be a little bit of a disruption for his normal routine getting ready for spring training."

Markakis is expected to be cleared for physical activities within the next month, and the hope is he will be fully cleared within six weeks. Markakis agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves in early December.


Markakis set for neck surgery Wed.; expects to be ready by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis said he will have a "single-level neck fusion" surgery and also have a bulging disk removed Wednesday in Atlanta, according to The Baltimore Sun. He expects to begin baseball activities in six weeks and be ready for opening day.

"I have no doubt," Markakis said about being ready for the opener.

Markakis agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves in early December. He has spent his entire nine-year MLB career with the Orioles, producing a .290/.358/.435/.793 slash line in 1,365 games.


Report: Braves OF Nick Markakis leaning toward neck surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Newly-acquired Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is leaning toward opting for surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Braves were aware of the injury, and prior to signing Markakis to a four-year, $44 million deal, members of the front office viewed a report from an independent specialist who evaluated him in the offseason. If Markakis opts for surgery, he will need approximately 12 weeks of recovery and should be on track to be ready come opening day.


Nick Markakis agrees to deal with Braves


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Free-agent outfielder Nick Markakis has agreed to a four-year deal with the Braves, according to Yahoo! CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal.

Markakis will make $44 million over four seasons, according to Heyman. The Braves had been mentioned as a popular candidate for Markakis recently, and there were reports that talks had intensified on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Markakis hit .276/.342/.386 over 642 at-bats last year.


Report: Braves negotiations with Nick Markakis heating up


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Negotiations between the Braves and outfielder Nick Markakis are heating up, according to ESPN.

The two sides are talking about a possible deal that could be four-years, $45 million. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman mentioned that Atlanta was a candidate for Markakis on Tuesday. Markakis grew up in the area, and still has a house in Georgia. Markakis was initially considered a strong favorite to wind up back in Baltimore, but negotiations seemed to fall through in recent weeks. 

The 31-year-old Markakis hit .276/.342/.386 over 642 at-bats last year.


Report: Braves making 'real push' to sign Nick Markakis


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Braves are making a "real push" to sign free agent right fielder Nick Markakis, per the Baltimore Sun on Tuesday. According to their source, a Braves contigent that included manager Fredi Gonzalez flew to Baltimore and had dinner with Markakis on Monday night. Markakis went to high school and played college ball for Young Harris College in Georgia.

The 31-year-old hit .276/.342/.386 in 642 at-bats last season with Baltimore.


Nick Markakis listening to offers as likelihood of return to O's fades


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) Outfielder Nick Markakis, who seemed likely to return to the Orioles, is listening to outside offers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Braves, Blue Jays and Giants are among the teams showing interest in the 31-year-old outfielder.

Less than 50-50 chance Nick Markakis returns to Orioles


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) There's a less than 50-50 chance outfielder Nick Markakis will return to the Orioles, according to the Baltimore Sun

The two sides were reportedly in contact near the beginning of the offseason, but negotiations have come to a halt. There are those within the organization who are uncomfortable handing out a four-year deal for Markakis, and that could be the reason behind the latest news. Markakis hit .276/.342/.386 in 642 at-bats last season. 


Report: Kemp could be backup plan for Orioles, if they can't re-sign OFs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Orioles have talked to the Dodgers about a trade involving outfielder Matt Kemp, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

The Orioles are lining up alternatives if they can't re-sign outfielders Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz. The Kemp trade talk could be leverage for the Orioles to pressure Markakis and Cruz into re-signing, especially since the return of Markakis is no longer a forgone conclusion, according to Rosenthal.


Giants turn attention to Cruz, Scherzer after Sandoval departure


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) With the Red Sox officially signing Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have begun talks with a variety of free agents including pitcher Max Scherzer and outfielder Nelson Cruz, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Sandoval’s departure allows the Giants to focus their assets elsewhere and the Giants have also expressed interest in Nick Markakis, Torii Hunter and Chase Headley.


Nick Markakis in serious talks with O's about four-year deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Orioles and outfielder Nick Markakis are in serious talks about a four-year deal, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duqette and Jamie Murphy, who is Markakis' agent, met Wednesday and were said to have made serious progress.

Orioles have offers out to Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Orioles have offers out to Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz, according to MLB Network Radio.

Manager Buck Showalter said the team has "good offers on the table to Nick and Nelson." The club met with both players this week, and are interested in having both players back. Both Markakis and Cruz have expressed a desire to remain with Baltimore. 


Orioles, Nick Markakis 'have more work to do'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Orioles and outfielder Nick Markakis "have more work to do," according to the Baltimore Sun.

Markakis' agent met with executive vice president Dan Duquette in order to talk about a possible deal. There's a sense that the two sides are moving closer to a four-year deal worth $10 million or $12 million annually. Markakis hit .276/.342/.386 over 642 at-bats. 


Orioles considered favorite to sign Nick Markakis


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The agent for outfielder Nick Markakis is expected to meet with the Orioles Wednesday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. While Markakis is drawing interest from other teams, including the Blue Jays, the Orioles are the favorite to sign the nine-year veteran.

Markakis, who turns 31 on Nov. 17, hit .276 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in 155 games in 2014. He has a career .290/.358/.435/.793 slash line. He has failed to play less than 150 games just twice in his career.


Orioles have enough payroll flexibility to sign Cruz, Markakis


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Tuesday the team has enough payroll flexibility to sign outfielders Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, according to the New York Daily News.

The team is already negotiating with Markakis, but will have its first meeting with Cruz's agent this week.


Showalter: Confident Orioles will re-sign Nick Markakis


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter is confident the team will re-sign outfielder Nick Markakis, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Negotiations are reportedly progressing between Markakis and the Orioles on a new multiyear deal. The team declined the $17.5-million option on the outfielder, and Markakis is scheduled to become a free agent in the coming days if a new deal can't be worked out.


Orioles decline option on Nick Markakis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The Orioles have declined an option on outfielder Nick Markakis.

Markakis was owed $17.5 million next season, but the team opted to buy out his contract for $2 million. The 30-year-old Markakis will head into the offseason a free-agent. He hit .276/.342/.386 over 642 at-bats last year.


Option on Orioles OF Nick Markakis could force him out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) The perception that the $17.5 million option on outfielder Nick Markakis is too steep will likely play out with him leaving the Orioles for free agency if the two sides can't get together on a long-term contract, according to CBSSports.com MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

Markakis, who struggled from mid-August forward, finished the regular season with a stat line of .276/.346/.386. He hit 14 home runs and drove in 50 with 81 runs scored. He is known to be a favorite of owner Peter Angelos, so a return to Baltimore at a lower salary remains a possibility.


Report: Orioles have had preliminary contract talks with Nick Markakis


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Orioles and outfielder Nick Markakis have had preliminary talks about a contract extension, according to FOX Sports. Though, Markakis is close with owner Peter Angelos and a deal is possible.

Markakis has a $17.5 million team option for 2015, which includes a $2 million buyout, according to Baseball-Reference.com.


Nick Markakis back after five days out


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) Nick Markakis was in the Orioles' starting lineup as the leadoff hitter for Monday's game at the Yankees. He had not played since last Tuesday due to a sore shoulder. Markakis was listed as the team's starting right fielder.

Sore shoulder keeps Nick Markakis sidelined


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Nick Markakis was not in the Orioles' starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox. He has not played since Tuesday, when he was hit in the shoulder by an Aaron Loup pitch.

According to MLB.com, X-rays showed that Markakis did not sustain any structural damage to his shoulder, but he continues to deal with soreness in the area where he was hit.


Nick Markakis remains out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

Markakis has been out since Tuesday while recovering from a shoulder injury. He has hit .272/.336/.375 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 621 at-bats.


Nick Markakis sits again Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Markakis is dealing with a shoulder injury. He was initially expected to play Friday, but still had some pain. He's hoping to return to the lineup Saturday. 


Aching shoulder has Nick Markakis sidelined for one game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Buck Showalter has stated that a shoulder ailment has caused the absence of Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis from the Wednesday lineup, per MLB.com. The team is off Thursday, but Markakis is expected to play in a series opener Friday against Boston.

Nick Markakis grabbing some pine Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has been given the night off Wednesday with Toronto in town.

Markakis is in a 6-for-40 slide that has weakened his stat line to .272/.336/.375. His average is at its lowest point since April 16.