5 March 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2008 10:40 pm
Well the hot news today is Nick Markakis' dissatisfaction over his contract status. He received a raise($55,000) but not the extension he was looking for. As the last "star" on the team not considered tradebait, he might have considered himself the cornerstone of the future! Looking for a contract of security and financial rewards, he was sorely disappointed... and not shy about making his reactions known! Next year he will be arbitration eligible, and should that prove disappointing, I won't be surprised to see another Oriole starring in a new ballpark! Since the O's are focusing on player development, and Nick has shown development, I would hope they would demonstrate the rewards positive development earns. Nick seems to feel slighted, having improved his performance in spite of being on a bottom feeder team, and who can fault him? Now he is witnessing the dissemination of the talent on that team, which, intentionally or not, elevates his status here. Furthermore, going into his Third season he now is viewed as a Senior member of the team! I wonder if all the "rookies" such as Matt Wieters are noticing all this?