Thursday, July 21, 2011

There's always hope

Last night, one of my followers on Twitter brought up a great point on the topic of trading Nick Markakis:

@KremsSports if the Angels took Vernon Wells' salary, you gotta figure someone would pay Markakis'.Thu Jul 21 03:47:47 via Twitter for iPad

Not only did the Angels deal for Vernon Wells and the $86 million left on his contract, but they also gave away Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. All right, so that's the best possible hope for a trade involving Markakis: getting another team to take his contract AND getting a couple of players in return. But Markakis also has much less money remaining on his deal ($44 million, including a $2 million buyout on his $17.5 million 2015 club option), is five years younger, and is probably better than Wells.

Like I said before, it won't be easy, but there's a chance. Maybe the Angels are interested.

Salary information, as always, via Cot's Baseball Contracts.

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