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The ex-Oriole report: Gonzalez, Wieters and others off to strong starts in 2017

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Nick Markakis, Braves

Cruz wasn’t the only Orioles outfielder to ink a four-year free agent contract elsewhere during the winter of 2014. So, too, did a longtime fan favorite, Markakis, who signed with the Braves after spending the first nine years of his major league career in Baltimore. Again, the Orioles had valid reasons for parting ways with Markakis. He was coming off two unremarkable offensive seasons and had a neck injury that worried the club.

Since then, Markakis has had two solid but not spectacular seasons for Atlanta, while the Orioles have cycled through several right fielders trying to replace him. Markakis is hitting well so far in 2017, posting a .290 average and .773 OPS in 26 games. His .363 on-base percentage and seven doubles would lead all Orioles’ regulars.

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