The Orioles have finalized a six-year, $66 million contract extension with outfielder Nick Markakis, according to baseball sources. Markakis will be in Baltimore later this week to take a routine physical and to sign the contract.
Good for Markakis, but now Andrew Friedman has a parameter for a B.J. Upton contract. At this point, Markakis has better career numbers so I'd start the talks at 6/54 and work my way up to 6/60.
If you compare Upton's healthy season of 2007 with Markakis's 2008, the numbers are very similar.