Report: Braves outfielders Markakis, Inciarte drawing trade interest
The busy, rebuilding Atlanta Braves might not be finished this offseason.
According to a report from Nick Cafardo at the Boston Globe, the Braves could look to move veteran outfielder Nick Markakis:
"John Hart and John Coppolella have done a great job turning over the roster and bringing in top young talent. Markakis could be the next to go. The Royals are interested, and a reunion with the Orioles is possible as Buck Showalter remains a big fan."
Markakis, 32, has three season and $33 million left on his four-year contract with the Braves. 2015 marked his first season in Atlanta after nine years in Baltimore. He was as-reliable as ever, slashing .296/.370/.376, but saw his power numbers dip — he hit just three home runs after averaging 16 home runs per season for his career.
Yet another outfielder the Braves could move is one of their newest additions in Ender Inciarte. The Venezuelan native is under team control through 2020, but according to FOX Sports insider Ken Rosenthal, teams have already begun checking in on him:
"The Cubs, one of a number teams that inquired on Inciarte after the D-backs traded him to the Braves, seem more inclined to trade for a starting pitcher, dangling outfielder Jorge Soler or, perhaps less likely, infielder Javier Baez."
Inciarte made his debut in 2014 and has been a productive hitter, batting to a tune of .292/.329/.386 across his brief major league career.