This is a bit off topic, but doesn't that seem like grossly overpaying for a guy with 2 years of arbitration left? Especially a guy whose stats have been declining every year. Seems that in comparison, Markakis was a huge bargain. Heck, they could have signed Adam Dunn for probably around $10M to $12M/year (assuming he could play 1B).
MVP award aside, this makes no sense to me.