While I am trying to warm up after spending much of the day in downtown Baltimore near City Hall eagerly awaiting Barack Obama's grand appearance, the Orioles and Nick Markakis may be close to a long term deal.
Following the lead of Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox, the organization needs to lock down their right fielder who is quickly becoming one of the most reliable and soon to be pre-eminent players in the game.
If a deal is made, it's deserved for Markakis. As well, if the text below is true, the Orioles perhaps should relish that they signed the right fielder to a bargain. Assuming he does not go the DL, or show a steep decline in performance, I see great value in this deal.