9:25 am: The Mets talked with the Orioles this week about OF Nick Markakis, though nothing developed (Francesa).
5:06 pm: The Mets have had conversations with the Orioles, according to team sources (Rubin).
The Orioles will listen to offers for Markakis, but are not eager to trade him at this time, according to people aware of Baltimore’s off-season approach (Cerrone).
In 160 games for the O’s in 2013, Markakis hit .271 with a .329 OBP, 10 HR and 49 RBI.
He will earn $15 million in 2014, after which he has a $17.5 million option for 2015 with a $2 million buyout.
To read Maggie Wiggin's thoughts on Markakis, click here...
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
Up until 2013, Markakis provided consistently above-average offense, with an excellent OBP and good power. This year, however, he was terrible at the plate, with an OPS of .685. His power, in particular, was much decreased and he hit more ground balls. He’s expected to bounce back from this rough performance, though he may not return to the .800+ OPS he managed earlier in his career.
In the outfield, Markakis has an excellent arm that is largely responsible for netting him a Gold Glove in 2011. However, his range is very poor and for the past several years, he has actually been a net negative defensively. His range liability would be lessened by playing next to Lagares and that tandem could easily rack up the most outfield assists in baseball over a full season.