In recent years, Major League Baseball’s offseasons have been dominated by players demanding massive paydays, followed by a blow-back to the initial ask, essentially freezing the league’s free agents in place.
However, there are still some players who could not care less about how much they make and are just happy to be playing the game.
One of those select few is Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis. The 35-year-old recently re-signed with the Braves, but willingly took a massive $7 million pay cut to help his team shed some salary, in accordance with the new era in the game. This comes after Markakis had one of the best seasons of his career, earning his first All-Star appearance.
#Braves‘ Markakis on taking a pay cut to $4M in 2019 from $11M each of past 4 easons: “I’m not mad at all. I play a kids’ game and get paid a lot of money. How can I be disappointed with that?”
— David O’Brien (@DOBrienATL) January 23, 2019
Markakis’ reason for accepting a lower contract
The attitude that Markakis has towards baseball
#Braves get Nick Markakis back on a one-year deal. Safe to say his teammates are excited – their reactions on social media are all you need to see. Atlanta got Markakis back on a good deal and he’s a huge asset in clubhouse to these young guys. Happy to see him back. pic.twitter.com/Us2CMNfbYc
— Kelsey Wingert (@KelsWingert) January 22, 2019
Markakis’ leadership will help the young Braves continue to develop. This year, the Braves will look to build on a breakout 2018 season and make a deeper run in the playoffs.