Nick Cafardo who is a sports reporter for the Boston Globe on Sunday reports that the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles are interested in making a trade with the Atlanta Braves for their outfielder Nick Markakis.
Markakis, 32, would be the likely replacement for current free agent outfielder Alex Gordon who is not likely to re-sign a new contract to remain with the Kansas City Royals before the start of the 2016 Major League Baseball season.
Markakis has played in the Major Leagues with the Baltimore Orioles from 2006-2014. Markakis played on season with the Atlanta Braves during the 2016 Major League Baseball season.
The Braves who finished in fourth place in the National League East Division are not expected to make a playoff run during the 2016 Major League Baseball season since they are currently in a rebuilding mode.
Markakis signed a four year, $44 million dollar contract with the Braves as a free agent before the start of the 2015 Major League Baseball season.
The Royals who are the current World Series champions would be needing the services of Markakis or any other free agent outfielder in case Alex Gordon decides to play baseball for another baseball team besides the Royals before the start of the 2016 Major League Baseball season.
The Baltimore Orioles who finished the 2015 Major League Baseball season in third place in the American League East Division should be in contention to make another playoff run in 2016.
It would make sense for the Braves to trade Markakis to a baseball team that is in contention to make the playoffs in the 2016 Major League Baseball season instead of playing baseball for the rebuilding Braves next year.
Time will tell if Markakis will be playing baseball for the Braves or another team in the Major Leagues in 2016.