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Orioles agree to three-year contract extension with J.J. Hardy

Jul 16, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

J.J. Hardy AP

UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun adds that the deal is worth between $22-22.5 million over three years. The no-trade clause involves eight teams and Hardy has been assured that he will not be traded this season.

12:38 PM: Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles and shortstop J.J. Hardy have agreed in principal on a three-year contract extension.

No word yet on the specifics, but Zrebiec hears that it’s worth between $7-8 million per season, which is similar to what Buster Olney of ESPN reported yesterday. The contract includes a limited no-trade clause.

There are still some minor details to be worked out and the deal is contingent upon Hardy passing a physical.

Hardy, 28, is batting .275/.333/.490 with 13 homers, 33 RBI and an .823 OPS in 274 plate appearances this season. Though he has struggled to stay healthy in the past, this is a pretty fair deal to lock up one of the better all around shortstops in the league.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 16, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Why would he not want to be traded? No offense to the Oriole fans but they are terrible with little hope of competing in the AL East in the foreseeable future. He has only been there since the start of the season so it isn’t if he is a career Oriole. Like the article said, he is one of the better shortstops, wouldn’t he want to play for a contender?

  2. mountcody - Jul 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Perhaps he sees the project that is under way in Baltimore and would like to be a part. A combination of young developing pitchers and the potential signing of Prince Fielder this summer would provide the team with a boost and make them contenders to get into the playoffs each year. Not to mention Camden Yards is one of the nicer stadiums in baseball and Baltimore is a great town to live in.

    • zsachse - Jul 16, 2011 at 3:55 PM

      From everything I’ve heard he just wants a little stability. He got bounced back and forth between the majors and minors few a few years, along with getting traded by both Minnesota and Milwaukee. That was why he wanted a no trade clause so badly (not because the Orioles will be getting Fielder).

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 16, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      Sorry man, you are living in a fantasy world. The addition of Prince Fielder might get them to around .500, but they aren’t about to surpass the Yankees and Red Sox. Unfortunate reality of being in the AL east.

  3. shawon0meter - Jul 16, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    With his history of injuries, I had no idea he was that young.

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