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Orioles open extension talks with shortstop J.J. Hardy

Jun 29, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

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According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles president Andy MacPhail has reached out to the agent for shortstop J.J. Hardy to begin negotiations toward a long-term contract extension.

Hardy was acquired this winter in a bargain trade with the Twins and has impressed the Orioles with both his offense and defense since returning from an early-season stay on the disabled list.

Through 50 games played, the 28-year-old Hardy is batting .303/.367/.548 with 11 home runs, 13 doubles and 30 RBI. He’s also playing his usual brand of top-flight defense at the shortstop position.

The O’s are hoping to get something done before the end of the regular season, and maybe even before the July 31 trade deadline. As of now, Hardy is slated to become a free agent this November.

  1. JBerardi - Jun 29, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Yes. This is what the Orioles need to get competitive in the AL East. Wait, what?

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    I hate Bill Smith with all of my heart. Why give up on a top-tier shortstop to replace him with Alexi Casilla? Why?!

    • sknut - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:20 PM

      I think they felt he didn’t play through pain and didn’t value him the way they should have, if anything they should have kept him and traded Delmon last offseason.

  3. stinkfist5 - Jun 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    He is the best all around SS the O’s have had since Cal. Love him! I hope they keep him even if Machado comes up. Plug him in at 3rd since Reynolds can’t resist booting 40% of the balls that come his way.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      Machado is still a solid two years away.

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