Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/11/14
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In the interest of full disclosure, Nick Markakis probably would have ranked a little lower had we known he was undergoing abdominal surgery on January 6, but we made these rankings before the new year. We’ll release our updated re-rankings in mid-February when our first annal draft guide comes out, so if you’ve been worrying about what to get your girlfriend for Valentine’s Day, worry no more! The good news for Orioles fans, Markakis owners and our current rankings is that, despite offseason surgery, Markakis is projected to be ready by Opening Day. Back in 2008, Markakis hit 20 homers and clubbed 48 doubles. It was his second straight 20-homer, 45-double season, and most figured those doubles would eventually turn into homers as Markakis aged (sound familiar, Billy Butler?). They didn’t, and instead of adding home runs it seems Markakis has seen his best power days come and go. He’s still a fairly balanced fantasy option with his ability to bat over .280, threaten 20 homers and cr...
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