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Report: Nick Markakis returning to Braves after opting out before season

Nick Markakis of the Atlanta Braves bats during the first day of Summer workouts at Truist Park on July 3, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves are going to get a key weapon back as outfielder Nick Markakis has decided to return to the team, according to beat writer David O’Brien. Markakis joined the team for summer workouts in late June, and then decided to opt out in early July.

Markakis on his decision to return, according to Gabe Burns: “I’m going against my (previous) decision. I’d like to come back. In the pit of my stomach, I felt like I needed to be out there.”

Markakis has played almost exclusively in the outfield during his career, but will likely get work at the new NL designated hitter slot. The Braves have been rotating Marcell Ozuna, Matt Adams, and Freddie Freeman at the DH spot.

A year ago, Markakis had a slash line of .285/.356/.420 with 9 home runs and 62 RBIs.