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The Orioles are prepared to give J.J. Hardy a three-year extension

Jul 15, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

J.J. Hardy AP

There has been chatter that the Orioles could make shortstop J.J. Hardy available at the trading deadline. There has been louder chatter, however, that they like Hardy and would try to lock him up.  Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that, to that end, the Orioles are willing to go to three years on an extension.

The price they’re willing to pay isn’t known, but right now Hardy is making $5.85 million. He would be a free agent after this season if nothing happens.  On the production side, Hardy is enjoying his best year, hitting .277/.336/.496 with 13 homers in 269 plate appearances.

Three years would take him through his age-31 season. Given the relative dearth of decent shortstops in baseball at the moment, there are way worse things on which the O’s could spend their money.

  1. Panda Claus - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Ah, but what is JJ willing to do? More important point in my mind.

  2. mss16 - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Don’t know why he’d sign now with teams like the Phillies and Giants potentially looking into the SS market this winter.

  3. bangarrang - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    As an O’s fan, I dont expect Hardy to sign based on the comments he makes when asked about an extension. I’d love it if i was wrong though.

    • randomdigits - Jul 15, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/2011/07/hardy_optimistic_about_contrac.html

      “”I hope it gets done during the break,” said Hardy, who is a free agent after the season. “I don’t know if it will. Right now, the ball is kind of in their court. That’s where it’s at.”

      Hardy didn’t want to comment specifically on the negotiations, but he acknowledged that he was optimistic with the dialogue the two sides have had.”

      You are pessimistic even for an O’s fan if the above quote sounds like he isn’t interested.

  4. madhatternalice - Jul 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    I’m fully in favor of locking him in. I’m tired of seeing the O’s be “sellers” year after year.

  5. hook66 - Jul 15, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Back to the Twins!

  6. watermelon1 - Jul 16, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    If they can convince Hardy to play 2nd base, and then sign Jose Reyes to a big contract… they’d be off to a decent start for next year…. and they’d FINALLY have some speed that can steal bases.

    Brian Roberts is DONE.

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