Braves agree to terms with Atlanta-native Nick Markakis to 4-year deal

  • David Whitlock

You can go home again. Torii Hunter found that out yesterday, and now native of Woodstock, Georgia, Nick Markakis, has opted to sign with the team he knew growing up.  Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports had the scoop via Twitter:

Markakis has spent his entire 9-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, hitting 10-23 HR per season while batting .290 for his career.  He also brings two Gold Gloves with him to offset the two that left town when Jason Heyward was dealt a few weeks ago.  Passan also noted the significance of signing the local boy

Markakis to upgrade Braves OF Credit: AP/Chris O'Meara

Markakis to upgrade Braves OF
Credit: AP/Chris O’Meara

The Braves have been dealing this offseason, having moved corner outfield and perceived franchise player Heyward for pitching help.  They’ve also been rumored to be in the mix for both Jon Lester (via free agency) and Jeff Samardzija (via trade).  Noting that the Miami Marlins have moved chips to the table with the long term deal for Giancarlo Stanton, and that the Washington Nationals are talent-laden and young across both hitting and pitching, it was wise of new Braves  president of baseball operations John Hart and assistant GM John Coppolella to rebuild this team with new parts, lest get left behind.  Markakis could be a big part of that.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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