Braves Trade Nick Markakis to the Orioles
LHP Chris Lee
Why it’s good for the Orioles:
Everyone in Baltimore has missed Markakis since he left last offseason to sign a deal with the Braves, and it makes too much sense for a reunion. The Orioles were ditched at the last minute by Dexter Fowler before the season, and are in need of a corner outfielder. Markakis would be a major upgrade over Joey Rickard in left field or could play right and shift Mark Trumbo to left. Either way, Markakis – who is under contract until after the 2018 season – would be a major boost to the Baltimore lineup as they push towards a division title.
Why it’s good for the Braves:
The Braves have come out and said they’re willing to trade anyone making money not named Freddie Freeman, and although he has been good, Markakis will be a guy they deal by the deadline. Due to his contract, Atlanta will get more than they could – assuming they do not eat his salary – but in this deal they get Chris Lee, another young talented lefty to add to their surplus of young pitching talent.