Nick Markakis Sounds A Tad Bitter These Days

Sports and Bets — February 25, 2015 at 9:47 pm by

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis certainly wanted to stay in Baltimore, where he played his entire career, but said his neck injury ended his stay. The Orioles acknowledged his impending neck surgery was a factor, but so was the length of the contract, with Markakis receiving a four-year, $44 million deal from the Braves.”Don’t believe a word they say,” Markakis told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “It was all because of my neck. They can say what they want to make them look good. It’s all B.S.”  An MRI on Markakis’ neck revealed a bulging disc, and he underwent surgery to repair it Dec. 17, after signing with the Braves. “But, things work out the way they do for a reason, right?”,” Markakis said.

Is it just me or does Mr. Markakis sound a bit salty about starting his season wearing a blue hat with a cursive A on it?  No, it’s not me, he’s salty and he needs to simmer a bit.  So what if the Orioles said the reason they let him walk was because of the length of his contract?  It’s just what teams do.  Would it have been better for Markakis if the O’s had cut off negotiations as soon as they found out about the neck?  Of course not, because the O’s were the leverage Nick used in his negotiations with the Braves.  Besides, as soon as Markakis had the neck surgery, everybody with half a brain knew the O’s let him go because of his neck.  And because of his age.  And because of the combination of his age and his neck.  And probably because the Orioles feel that they can get .276 and 14 home runs for cheaper than $11 million a year.  Business is business, and while it would have been nice to see Markakis retire an Oriole, with team payroll at an all-time high, and with younger guys like Manny Machado, Chris Tillman, Matt Wieters, and Chris Davis (if he bounces back this season) all due up for big deals in the next four seasons, four years and 44 million just wasn’t going to happen for Nick in Baltimore.  Nothing personal, it’s strictly business.

Personally, I’ll take Markakis’ ad in the Sun as his final word about the Birds.  That’s better than hearing a guy making $44 million dollars complain about where he’s making it. (And the fact that a guy who batted .271 and .276 in the last two seasons is making $11 million a year, guaranteed for four years, is a big part of what the hell is wrong with baseball.)  Thanks for the memories in right, Nick. Now shut up and go play ball.

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