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Orioles “have had trade discussions” about J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett

Nov 18, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

Jason Bartlett

According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles “have had trade discussions” with the Twins about J.J. Hardy and with the Rays about Jason Bartlett.

Cesar Izturis was Baltimore’s starting shortstop this year, but he’s a free agent the team is clearly looking for an upgrade offensively.

Previous reports had the Rays shopping Bartlett with an eye toward turning shortstop over to Reid Brignac and there’s been speculation that the Twins may non-tender Hardy because they’re looking to add more speed at the position (which, to me, would be a big mistake).

Zrebiec notes that the Orioles “haven’t ruled out” bringing back Izturis and says talks with the Rays for Bartlett have included right-hander David Hernandez potentially going to Tampa Bay. No word on what they’d be offering the Twins for Hardy. Bartlett and Hardy are both one season away from being free agents.

  1. BC - Nov 18, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Rent-A-Wreck is available.

  2. Panda Claus - Nov 19, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    I think Hernandez is a lot to give up by the O’s. Not a big fan of trading their young pitchers.

  3. brianmatusz17 - Nov 21, 2010 at 4:23 AM

    youre right panda!!! even tho jj hardy is my cousin i wouldnt give a stick a gum for his ass but i wouldnt give a used tampon for bartlett

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