What situation makes sense for Braves to re-sign Markakis?

Dukes & Bell
October 09, 2018 - 8:41 pm
Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis

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Dave O’Brien, of The Athletic, joined Dukes and Bell on Tuesday and talked about how the walks by the Atlanta Braves pitching staff affected the NLDS. 

“The only three teams that walked more were in five-game division series, so it’s actually a record for a four game series and seven of the 20 runs the Dodgers scored came on walks," said O'Brien. "Some of it was a byproduct on having so many rookies and young guys playing in the postseason. That’s why championship teams aren’t full of rookies; people don’t want to accept that, but it’s true.”

O’Brien continued with thoughts on the NLDS, including the decision to start Sean Newcomb in Game 3. 

“I thought the Newcomb move was pretty much desperation because they were on the brink of elimination," said O'Brien. "You were shuffling the decks there on the end like the Titanic. They had so much depth, you were bringing in Flaherty to pinch hit and they were bringing in guys like Matt Kemp.”

O'Brien talked with the guys about what he thinks the team should do with Braves outfielder Nick Markakis. 

“I would have said a month ago I'd definitely try to resign him, but he showed some wear and tear down the stretch, he kind of tapered off at the very end like some of the young guys did," said O'Brien. "You have to look at what’s available out there, because he brings so many intangibles, and he’s a huge part of the leadership and the chemistry which is second to none, playing together and playing hard really helped this team. I’d bring him back if he doesn’t cost you a big free agent outfielder. That said, they have some money to spend, and you don’t have a whole lot of holes to fill.”

O’Brien told the guys what he thought the needs were for the Braves this offseason. 

“The needs are you have to get some arms in the bullpen, you have to get some guys out there you can depend on, the bullpen was a bunch of good guys who pitched good early in the season but none of those guys were even on the postseason roster," said O'Brien. "You have to go get a big bat, there’s not many out there and I don’t think you get Manny Machado because you don’t block Austin Riley at third base. You need to get a versatile guy who can rake.”

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