Free agent outfielder Nick Markakis has re-signed with the Atlanta Braves. ESPN’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Monday that he will sign a one-year, $4 million deal with Atlanta.
Markakis has been a Brave since 2015, when he came over from Baltimore in free agency. During his five seasons with Atlanta, he has put up a .284 batting average. He also collected 47 home runs and 373 RBI in 752 games.
He had his best season in 2018, when he collected a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger award and his first and only All Star appearance. In 2019, his RBI production saw a sharp drop-off from 93 to 62. His batting average remained good, however with only a .012 drop to .285. It is worth noting, however, that he played in 46 fewer games in 2019.
Despite his success in Atlanta, the Braves have elected to sign him to a small, prove-it type deal. This also may point to the belief Markakis has in himself and his belief in the future success of the franchise.
The Braves won the NL East with a record of 97-65. They went on to lose to the Cardinals in five game in the NLDS. Their Game 5 loss included allowing 10 runs in the first inning that doomed their season. Their NL East rival Nationals went on to win the World Series after sneaking into the Wild Card game.
Atlanta will visit the Arizona Diamondbacks to begin their season on March 26, 2020.
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