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Nick Markakis agrees to four-year deal with Braves
Nick Markakis agrees to four-year deal with Braves

Days after the Orioles' memorable 2014 season ended in the American League Championship Series, it seemed a foregone conclusion the club would be able to retain its longest-tenured player. As weeks went by without a deal, optimism dissipated, and once other teams sensed right fielder Nick Markakis might be open to a change of scenery, one wasted little time. Markakis, who initially wanted to remain in Baltimore, agreed to terms Wednesday on a four-year, $44 million deal with the Atlanta Braves pending a physical, according to industry sources. The Braves announced the agreement Wednesday night. Markakis’ departure came just two days after slugger Nelson Cruz agreed to a...