"I know I'm going to miss him as a friend and a teammate," said Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who said he spoke with Markakis on Wednesday before the news of his signing came out. "He's obviously a great guy, a leader by example. He wasn't too vocal, but I looked up to him and the way he kept his head down and played through everything. I respected that a lot. I feel bad for him because I think this is where he wanted to be. He wanted to be an Oriole for life. … I told him it [stinks] because it is a business."