Nick Markakis to get signing bonus

ATLANTA -- Nick Markakis will receive a $2 million signing bonus by Jan. 1 as part of his $44 million, four-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Markakis has annual salaries of $10.5 million as part of the deal, which was announced Dec. 3. He can earn $50,000 for making the All-Star team, winning an MVP award, earning the World Series MVP honor or getting selected the comeback player of the year.

Markakis can earn $25,000 apiece for winning a Gold Glove and the League Championship Series MVP.

The right fielder spent his first nine big league seasons in Baltimore. But he left as a free agent to sign with the Braves, not too far from where his family moved when he was 10 -- Woodstock, Georgia, north of Atlanta.