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Orioles “are in serious negotiations” for J.J. Hardy

Dec 8, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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Yesterday the Orioles were said to be close to sending Nolan Reimold to the Rays for Jason Bartlett, but that deal fell through and Baltimore’s shortstop search has moved on to J.J. Hardy.

According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles “are in serious negotiations” to acquire the Twins shortstop and are offering up a pair of minor-league pitchers, one of whom is believed to be 24-year-old reliever Brett Jacobson.

Minnesota has been shopping Hardy since winning the exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Baltimore has been linked to nearly every available shortstop for the past month, so the deal would certainly make sense.

By trading Hardy the Twins would be placing a lot of trust in both Nishioka and Alexi Casilla as their new middle infield duo, but Ron Gardenhire and company apparently soured on Hardy despite his excellent defense and above-average offense for the position.

  1. kander013 - Dec 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    WTF Bill Smith?

  2. BC - Dec 8, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Why have two teams given up on Hardy? He’s a decent player.

  3. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 8, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    I don’t get it. Why are the Twins ready to pull the plug on Hardy after one year?!

    The dude f’d up his wrist and that messed with his swing for most of the second-half and they wanna ditch his Gold Glove defense and a bat that has 25-30 homer potential?!

    RIDICULOUS!!

    I love Alexi Casilla as much as the next guy, but we’ve put our faith in him twice before only to have him flake out. He was solid last year in a utility role and that’s kind of where I’d like to see him stay. Hardy/Nishioka up the middle and Casilla as our super utility. That way guys like Nick Punto and Matt Tolbert don’t have to haunt my dreams anymore…

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