KC Royals: Why Trading For Nick Markakis Makes Sense

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Apr 10, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis (22) reacts after being called out on strikes by umpire Mark Wegner (14) against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis (22) reacts after being called out on strikes by umpire Mark Wegner (14) against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis (22) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis (22) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

1) HE SHOULD BE AVAILABLE

The Atlanta Braves are 8-27 after Friday night’s 5-1 loss to the KC Royals. Even the most glass is half full kind of analyst would have to concede the season is probably hopeless. The Braves would need to make up 19 games just to finish .500.

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To get into wild card contention, the Braves would need to win 87 games or so. That would require them to play .622 baseball over the last 127 games of the season.

Yeah. That’s not gonna happen.

Add in that Nick Markakis is 32-years-old, and he’s not going to be a productive player by the time the Braves field a contender. At this point, the way he best helps the franchise is by bringing back young talent that can help the Braves in the future.

It’s not as if Nick Markakis is the only “veteran presence” that can help show the young guys to way to succeed in major league baseball. The Braves roster includes players like shortstop Erick Ayabar, second baseman Kelly Johnson, and right fielder Jeff Francoeur who have all logged considerable time in the major leagues and can act as clubhouse examples for developing players.

Heck, the Braves even have a veteran to play right field if they deal Markakis in Francoeur.

Yeah, playing Frenchy full time isn’t ideal. But, what will be the harm? It’s not as if there’s much benefit to  winning 60 games instead of 50.

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