Os, Markakis continue to negotiate

BALTIMORE— It would be tough to imagine Nick Markakis not in an Orioles uniform next season. And after Thursday’s latest batch of rumors, it’s looking more and more like that’s a scenario the O’s won’t have to worry about.

Markakis, a free agent for the first time in his career, has made it no secret he wants to remain in Baltimore and talks between his agent Jamie Murphy and the Orioles have picked back up according to multiple outlets. The Orioles immediately started negotiations with Markakis following their season, which ended in the American League Championship Series, and it appeared both sides were on the same page in working towards a new long-term deal. But the negotiations have taken longer than expected in working toward a four-year deal that would keep the veteran an Oriole through 2018.

On Thursday, CBSSports.com reported that the two sides rekindled on Wednesday and it looks like a deal could be reached fairly soon.

The 31-year-old Markakis is coming off a Gold Glove winning season and is a quiet leader in the Orioles clubhouse, taking over leadoff duties and priding himself on his durability in right field. Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has said that re-signing Markakis wouldn’t automatically take the club out of the running on one of their other major free agents, Nelson Cruz, as Baltimore is preparing to increase its payroll from this past season.

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why would re singing markaikis keep the orioles from trying to re sign cruz. markakis is a leadoff hitter with minimal power. who will make up cruz’ numbers? also, hope it is not true that aj burnett was offered a contract. are they nuts?

I’ve discovered that the Orioles are very dependent on getting their big name players from the Texas Rangers. Since 2011 Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter, and Darren O’ Day came to Baltimore via trade. Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz were signed via free agency after coming from the Rangers. Davis, Hunter, and O’ Day have not left Baltimore and Guerrero retired after playing his final season of baseball in Baltimore. Rafael Palmeiro was also another former Ranger that joined the Orioles in 2005 and finished off his career in Baltimore. I think because of the history of former Rangers players joining Baltimore and most of those players staying, the same history will go on, Baltimore will try to get any former Texas Ranger from the 2010 and 2011 Rangers teams when they were in the World Series. Therefore, Cruz most likely in some sort of deal will come back to Baltimore because of the strong ties with the Rangers. Nelson Cruz coming from the Texas Rangers is not the main reason the Orioles will most likely re sign him, that’s just a common tendency for Baltimore, the main reason is for his offensive production that he had in the 2014 season and postseason. The Orioles I think will also be looking for more ex Rangers on the market like Colby Lewis and not pursue Max Scherzer, James Shields, or Jon Lester. Baltimore gets their stars from Texas.

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