The New York Yankees are in “serious discussions” with free agent outfielder Nick Markakis, sources told baseball reporter Dave Gershman.
#Yankees in serious discussions with OF Nick Markakis. Said to be looking for fifth yr- Yanks might “take the bate,” says source.
— Dave Gershman (@Dave_Gershman) December 2, 2014
Markakis is said to be looking for a five-year deal.
Markakis has spent his entire nine-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. Last season he hit .276 with 14 home runs and had 50 runs batted in.
Markakis has a .317 lifetime batting average at Yankee Stadium.
It is not clear where Markakis fits in with the Yankees right now. A trade would most likely have to occur to make a Markakis signing happen. As of right now the Yankees have Brett Gardner in left field, Jacoby Ellsbury in center field and Carlos Beltran in right field. They also have Alex Rodriguez coming back from suspension and he, along with Mark Teixeria, may occupy the designated hitter role for the majority of the 2015 season.