Nick Markakis 2013: .271 BA, 10 HR, 59 RBI, .329 OBP, .356 Slugging
B.J. Surhoff 2001: .271 BA, 10 HR, 58 RBI, .321 OBP, .405 Slugging
They could’ve had Yasmani Tomas for two additional years at the same annual salary. Tomas has potential, which is what the Braves should be all about — not a 31-year-old whose numbers are on the decline.
And there’s concern about Markakis’ health, reports Ken Rosenthal,
In March 2013, Markakis, 31, was diagnosed with a small disc herniation in his neck. And even though he appeared in 160 and 155 games the past two seasons, his condition and diminished power gave the Orioles pause, according to major-league sources.
The Orioles, under Angelos, have a history of quashing agreements due to medical concerns. They never struck a deal with Markakis, but as recently as last month it appeared a foregone conclusion they would retain him.
Instead, Markakis will join the Braves, pending a physical. According to a source, the Braves have no concerns about Markakis’ neck – they viewed a report from a specialist who performed an independent evaluation of him, and expect him to be 100 percent for spring training.
It’s been a long time since the Braves got their money worth on a multi-year contract. Was the Big Cat the last one?