Are the Mets interested?
So far, there is nothing going on between the Mets and Markakis (Ehalt, Nov. 5), though they're expected be a player for his services (Cafardo, Oct. 20). The Mets had interest in Markakis and other Orioles last winter, when the two sides frequently checked in with one another (Cerrone, Oct. 20).
Who else is interested?:
The Orioles and Markakis had been working on a four-year deal (Kubatko, Nov. 3), but talks have since broken down (Connoly, Nov. 10). His agent is expected to meet with multiple clubs during the week of the GM Meetings in November (Connoly, Nov. 10). The Giants are the only other team to be mentioned as having interest in talking to Markakis (Cafardo, Oct. 20).
What will he cost?:
Markakis will be asking for at least three years and $40 million (Sherman, Oct. 16). In the end, he should expect to sign a four-year deal, worth around $48 million (MLBTR, Oct. 16). He was not made a Qualifying Offer, so he will not cost a draft pick as compensation for signing him.
In a MetsBlog during October, 83 percent of more than 7,700 voters said the Mets should not look to give a three-year deal to Markakis (Oct. 16).