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Nick Markakis | Outfielder

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/17/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Nick Markakis (neck) was cleared this week to run and work out extensively.
Markakis is now eight weeks removed from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. The veteran outfielder will miss the early spring training games, but there's no clear date for his debut. He remains hopeful of being ready for Opening Day, but it's no sure thing. Markakis signed a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves over the winter. Feb 25 - 8:29 AM

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Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

The expectation is that Markakis will be able to begin baseball-related activities by mid-February, but the Braves are probably going to take it easy on him in camp this spring just to be safe. The 31-year-old outfielder signed a four-year, $44 million free agent contract with Atlanta in early December. He'll be the team's leadoff man and right fielder in 2015.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 04:43:00 PM

Nick Markakis will undergo surgery this week to repair a bulging disk in his neck.

Markakis should be able to resume baseball activities in eight weeks and is expected to be ready for spring training. The 31-year-old signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves earlier this month and projects to be the team's leadoff hitter and starting right fielder in 2015.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 04:37:00 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that Nick Markakis, as it stands right now, would be the team's leadoff man.

It's not a surprise, as that's where Markakis spent the 2014 season with the Orioles and the Braves have no other obvious options for the leadoff spot. Markakis has a career .358 OBP, though it's been just .335 over the last two seasons. Gonzalez did note that second base prospect Jose Peraza could hit leadoff when he's ready for a promotion, at which point Markakis would drop to the No. 2 spot.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 06:23:00 PM

Braves signed OF Nick Markakis to a four-year, $44 million contract.

The signing was agreed to earlier this week pending a physical. The revelation that Markakis is considering neck surgery adds more fuel to the fire for critics of the deal, but the Braves are confident he'll be ready for Opening Day as the replacement for Jason Heyward in right field. The 31-year-old batted .276/.342/.386 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI this past season while taking home his second career Gold Glove award.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 12:42:00 PM

Nick Markakis is leaning toward having surgery to repair a bulging disk in his neck.

Recovery time is expected to be around 12 weeks. The Braves knew of the condition before agreeing to a four-year, $44 million contract with Markakis this week, but this news provides more context on why the Orioles ultimately backed away from the long-time fan favorite.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 12:20:00 PM

The Braves and OF Nick Markakis are in agreement on a four-year deal, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Passan doesn't have the details on the financial side of the deal, but he said the two parties were discussing a deal in the neighborhood of $44 million. The deal came together quickly, with the Braves moving to lock up the 31-year-old as other teams expressed their interest. Markakis will replace the departed Jason Heyward in right field.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 06:14:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that negotiations between the Braves and Nick Markakis have intensified.

Markakis had dinner with a Braves contingent on Monday night and now it sounds like the two sides are hammering out a contract agreement. Olney hears that the final deal "could wind up in the range" of four years, $45 million. The Giants are also known to have serious interest in Markakis, but the Braves appear to be nearing something official with the 31-year-old outfielder.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 05:02:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Giants are talking with free agent outfielder Nick Markakis.

This confirms what CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was hearing. In addition to interest from the Giants, Markakis had dinner with Braves' people on Monday. It's also possible that he re-signs with the Orioles, though it has been reported that the chances of his return are growing dimmer. Last season, Markakis hit .276/.342/.386. While he's still perceived as a solid defender, his bat no longer offers fantasy gold.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 04:05:00 PM

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Nick Markakis had dinner with a Braves contingent on Monday night.

Connolly says manager Fredi Gonzalez was among those in attendance. Markakis is a Georgia native, and with the Orioles' chances of re-signing him looking far less likely than they had been, it appears the Braves could make a real push. The Blue Jays and Giants are also said to be interested in the free agent outfielder.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 07:46:00 PM

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette insisted Tuesday that the team is still in the mix for free agent outfielder Nick Markakis.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported Monday night that there's now "less than a 50/50 chance" of the two sides agreeing to a deal, but Duquette "laughed off" the recent reports. "Rumors of our demise are largely exaggerated," said Duquette. The Braves, Blue Jays, and Giants are among the other teams interested in the veteran outfielder.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 12:47:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Braves, Blue Jays, and Giants are among the teams interested in Nick Markakis.

It wasn't too long ago that Markakis returning to the Orioles was considered a foregone conclusion, with a four-year deal being discussed, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported Monday night that there's now "less than a 50/50 chance" of the two sides agreeing to a deal. The lack of progress has opened the door for other teams to get involved. The 31-year-old outfielder batted .276/.342/.386 with the O's this past season and won his second career Gold Glove Award for his defense in right field.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun has been told by multiple sources that "there now looks to be less than a 50/50 chance" Nick Markakis re-signs with the Orioles.

It backs up a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Sunday. As Connolly notes, the two sides appeared close to a four-year deal in late October, but negotiations have "grinded to a halt" since then. He adds that while the specific reason for the stalled talks isn't known, there's been some talk that the O's are now hesitant to give Markakis a fourth year. Baltimore has been linked to Matt Kemp and Torii Hunter as they look for right field options beyond Markakis.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 10:30:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Nick Markakis re-signing with the Orioles is no longer the "foregone conclusion" it had seemed to be.

The two sides appeared close to completing a four-year deal a month ago, but things have stalled since then. It could just be posturing by Markakis' reps designed at getting the O's to cough up more money, or perhaps there's indeed a good chance he ends up elsewhere. The Blue Jays have reportedly had contact with Markakis' agent, but it remains to be seen whether they'd still have interest following the acquisition of Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 12:46:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles' contract talks with Nick Markakis are "inching along."

Most figured the two sides would have wrapped up a deal by now. It still seems likely to happen, but as Rosenthal notes, the longer the Orioles wait, the likelier Markakis is to test out the free agent market. Markakis wasn't extended a qualifying offer, so he would not cost another team a draft pick to sign him.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 09:04:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
3John Buck
4Jesus Flores
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Phil Gosselin
3Jace Peterson
4Jose Peraza
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Zoilo Almonte
2Jonny Gomes
3Eric Young Jr.
CF1Melvin Upton
2Eury Perez
3Joe Benson
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Wandy Rodriguez
7Eric Stults
8Manny Banuelos
9Chien-Ming Wang
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Jason Grilli
3James Russell
4Luis Avilan
5Jim Johnson
6Juan Jaime
7Arodys Vizcaino
8Michael Kohn
9Josh Outman
10Ian Thomas
11Donnie Veal
12Matt Capps
13Jose Veras
14Shae Simmons