Nick Markakis spent 8 seasons in Baltimore with the Orioles, spending majority of his time with the O's at the bottom of the AL East. Over the years, Markakis became a fan favorite because he was one of the few players that was productive for the O's.
When the O's became playoff worthy though, his numbers somewhat went down, going from a .298 average in 2012 to .276 in 2014, which is still pretty damn good. He also missed the 2012 playoffs with a hand injury.
Markakis, at 31, was also due for a neck surgery during contract negotiations, which ultimately was a factor in him not resigning with the O's, instead signing a 4-year $44 million dollar deal with the Braves. The O's didn't say that Markakis condition was the reason why they didn't re-sign Nick - I actually thought it was because of his and price tag - but Markakis made sure that the public knew exactly what it was.
Even though he is talking bad about the home team, I'm going to believe Markakis on this one. This is a business and investing in a 31-year old OF with neck issues doesn't sound like a good business decision. O's GM told USA Today Sports that it was a "factor" but I think it was the deciding factor. I wanted to see NIck retire here in Baltimore so I'm disappointed both parties couldn't come to an agreement.