The representative for free-agent outfielder Nick Markakis said there wasn't a significant jump forward with the Orioles during this week's general managers' meetings in Arizona, but the sides have agreed to keep talking.
Agent Jamie Murphy said the most significant thing that came out of the brief meeting with Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette on Wednesday was an agreement to remain in discussion. Before that meeting, there hadn't been any talks between the sides in a week.
When asked to characterize his meeting with Murphy on Wednesday, Duquette told The Baltimore Sun: "We're just trying to move it along. I think we moved it along today." Asked if he believed the sides were close to an agreement, Duquette said: "We have more work to do."
On Thursday morning, several reports from Phoenix suggested that a deal between Markakis, the club's longest tenured player, and the Orioles, might be imminent. That's premature, Murphy said. "I'd like to echo Dan's statement on Wednesday," Murphy said. "Talks are ongoing, but Dan is correct that there is still a lot of work to do if we are going to reach an agreement."
Murphy flew to Phoenix this week to meet with other clubs about Markakis. Until that point, he had talked exclusively with the Orioles.