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22 Nick Markakis RF
Height/Weight: 6-1/175 | 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: 212.28
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Braves' Gonzalez confident Markakis can get enough at-bats before opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is scheduled to play in a minor-league game Thursday, per Braves reporter Kevin McAlpin. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday he is confident Markakis can get enough at-bats to be ready for Opening Day.

Markakis made his spring debut Monday after missing the first few weeks of spring games coming off neck surgery in December.


Braves' Nick Markakis smacks two hits in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored in his spring debut Monday as the Braves beat the Astros, 14-10.

Markakis is working his way back from December neck surgery and served as the Braves' designated hitter in Monday's win. He'll likely play at least four innings in right field in Tuesday's game, the Braves Radio Network reports.

Markakis, who signed a four-year deal with the team this offseason, is aiming to be ready for the regular-season opener.


Braves' Nick Markakis expected to make spring debut Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is expected to make his spring debut Monday while serving as the team's designated hitter against the Astros, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Markakis took batting practice Sunday for the third straight day as he continues to rehab from December neck surgery. He's hopeful of being able to participate in the team's regular-season opener April 6.


Braves' Markakis keeps progressing, still targeting Opening Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis (neck) was able to take batting practice on the field for a second straight day Saturday, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Markakis remains hopeful of being ready by the season opener April 6 against the Marlins.

“That’s a good sign,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Markakis taking BP on consecutive days. “I can’t wait for tomorrow, see what tomorrow brings, as far as what do we want to do when we get there.

“He’s cleared now, I think to do whatever. Now we’ve got to ramp him up the right way to get him in games. I don’t know when. He might come in tomorrow and say, ‘Can I get a couple of at-bats? Can I go get a couple of at-bats in a minor league game?’ I don’t know. We’ll know more (Sunday) morning.”


Nick Markakis takes batting practice for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Nick Markakis took batting practice on the field for the first time since December neck surgery. The Braves outfielder is expected to take batting practice again Saturday. 

“We’re shooting for opening day,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said, after watching the session, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. “I don’t know the timetable when he’s going to be ready, but he looked good. ... Timing wasn’t there, but he felt great, and so tomorrow he’ll do it again.”


Braves' Nick Markakis (neck) getting closer to return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis (neck) may soon be cleared by the team's medical staff to participate in all baseball activities, manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com.

Markakis has been limited to throwing and some hitting exercises as he continues to recover from December fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. He believes he still has enough time to get enough plate appearances this spring to be ready for Opening Day.


Gonzalez: Braves still hopeful Markakis will be ready by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team remains hopeful outfielder Nick Markakis will be in the opening day lineup, but it is "not set in stone" he will be ready by the start of the season, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Markakis had fusion surgery on Dec. 17 to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

“The neck is fine,” Gonzalez said. “He hasn’t done anything because they wanted that neck to heal. We’ve got to get his legs in shape. He’s playing catch. He’s progressing every day. Don’t know date when he will be able to take swings. You’d hate to have this guy get his neck ready and run him out there and all of a sudden he hurts himself.”

The Braves signed Markakis to a four-year, $44 million contract in December. He is set to replace Jason Heyward, who was traded to the Cardinals, in right field.


Braves' Gonzalez: Simmons, Markakis 'progressing well'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez updated the status of shortstop Andrelton Simmons (oblique) and outfielder Nick Markakis (neck) Monday, saying that both players are "progressing well," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"Simmons and Markakis are doing their stuff and progressing well," Gonzalez said. "I don’t have a timetable for when they’re going to be on the field (in games). But Simmons is getting some (batting practice), some ground balls, that kind of stuff. I think Nick is a little behind that."

Simmons could made his spring debut later this week, while the team remains optimistic that Markakis will receive enough spring at-bats to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.


Nick Markakis tests neck by hitting off tee for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis hit off a tee for the first time since undergoing neck surgery in December. 

Markakis also threw on Friday, and told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he felt good. 


Braves' Markakis apologizes for comments about the Orioles


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis apologized for calling out the Orioles organization, according to MASN.

Markakis was recently quoted saying the Orioles organization couldn't be trusted after he felt they were disingenuous about why contract negotiations broke down. "Don't believe a word they say," Markakis said. "It was all because of my neck. They can say what they want to make them look good."

He backpedaled from those comments on Thursday. "What I said wasn't directed at any way to the Orioles organization or ownership. It's just one of those things where I kind of said sarcastically, 'B.S., I wouldn't believe everything you hear. Don't believe them.'" he said. "I just want to put it behind me and I apologize for what I did, but there's a reason why it came out of my mouth." 

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


Orioles' Adam Jones 'glad' Nick Markakis finally 'said something'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Former Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis fired the first shot Wednesday, when he vented to USA Today that he was not happy with how the Orioles handled contract negotiations this offseason before he signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves.

"Don't believe a word they say," Markakis said. "It was all because of my neck. They can say what they want to make them look good. It's all B.S. But things work out the way they do for a reason, right?"

Markakis underwent neck surgery in mid-December and his status for opening day is undetermined. However, he is clearly upset with what went on in negotiations and while the Orioles front office has yet to respond, former teammate and friend Adam Jones took his turn Thursday to respond to Markakis' comments.

"I know what's going on, I know the truth," the Orioles' All-Star center fielder said, per MASNsports.com. "It's a move he made for himself. I never fault him for it.

"I talk to him all the time. I talk to him a couple times a week. I talked to him yesterday. It's not my situation, it's his situation with the Orioles. I'm not going to take anbody's side. I wasn't involved with it, so I really don't have an opinion with it."

Markakis, who had surgery to remove a herniated disc and fuse vertabrea, had been playing with the injury for two seasons.

"He never disclosed anything to anybody. He just goes out and plays," Jones said. "...He moved on. He understands the business and he moved on. He completely gets it. No hard feelings.

"I'm glad he said something because he never says anything. I'm glad he said something. He should say something. He has a lot on his mind. Very articulate man, very smart man. He doesn't say much, but when he does people listen, and he's got peoples attention. That's why you all are in front of me now."


Braves' Markakis: 'Don't believe a word [the Orioles] say'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is not happy about the way his former team handled his exit, according to the USA Today

"Don't believe a word they say," Markakis said. The 31-year-old outfielder is referencing his departure from the franchise. He claims that negotiations with the Orioles broke down due to their concerns about his neck injury. There were some claims earlier in the offseaon that Markakis was asking for additional years, and it's possible those stories irked Markakis. 

Shortly after negotiations with Baltimore fell through, Markakis signed a four-year deal with Atlanta. He had surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck in December. Markakis allegedly dealt with the injury the past two seasons. 

While the Orioles did not mention the neck injury as a reason for passing on Markakis at the time, general manager Dan Duquette told USA Today that the club was "worried about the neck."

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


Braves' Nick Markakis unsure if he will be ready by opening day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Braves outfielder Nick Markakis, who underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck in mid-December, said Wednesday he hopes to be ready by opening day. However, he won't rush back at the expense of aggravating his neck, according to MLB.com.

Markakis will not play during the early portion of the spring training schedule. He was just cleared to run this week and work out extensively, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Markakis is in his first year with the Braves after signing a four-year, $44 million contract in December.


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.