Six years and $66 million is a lot for a guy who doesn’t do any one thing exceptionally well, unless you count getting on base as a “thing”. But that’s the objective, isn’t it? And Nick Markakis achieved it 41 percent of the time last season, good for third-best in the American League.
He’s also, along with Brian Roberts, one of only two position players Baltimore has developed since Cal Ripken Jr. who’s actually worth a shit. Plus, at 25 years old, Markakis is a five-tool player whose dad worked at Lockheed, and he’s just getting warmed up, really.
The good ol’ OPS shot up 49 points in his second season, and another 49 this past season. At that pace, here’s what Nick’s career looks like through the duration of his new contract:
Easy peezy! Eleven million per suddenly doesn’t seem like so much, does it? He’ll be in A-Rod/Pujols territory by 2010 and years beyond!
For real though, if he just maintains current levels of production and good health, this is a win for the O’s. And lord knows they need a win.
(Mark of the beast Photoshop via ‘Duk Sauce over at Big League Stew)