He had more lucrative offers, both financially and length of contract, but preferred returning to the Braves. The side found common ground Sunday night, when Anthopoulos indicated the asking price fell more into their range.
“Nick clearly wanted to be back,” Anthopoulos said. “He made that very evident throughout this process.”
Despite a career-year, there were concerns about Markakis’ declining performance through the season. But Anthopoulos was encouraged that he still hit the ball hard, and the exit velocity was still there, in the waning months.
Markakis will be an everyday player, but he won’t log all 162 games this time around. The franchise feels more rest will help him maintain his performance through the year.
Securing Markakis at such a low rate allows the Braves to allocate funds toward other areas, Anthopoulos said. They won’t prioritize any positions, but rotation, bullpen and bench could be upgraded.
“Nick coming back on these terms allow us to pursue other things, have financial flexibility to improve the club in other ways,” Anthopoulos said.