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J.J. Hardy will no longer talk about his contract negotiations with the Orioles

Apr 25, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Last week J.J. Hardy told reporters that the lack of progress in contract negotiations with the Orioles “just makes me curious” and now the impending free agent shortstop has decided to stop talking about the situation publicly.

Hardy informed reporters that he will no longer discuss his contract negotiations, which is a big change because Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com describes him as having “respectfully fielded questions from reporters since spring training.”

According to Hardy he wants to keep from being a distraction and avoid a potential misunderstanding, which suggests the Orioles probably weren’t thrilled with last week’s comments. And the lack of progress on a long-term extension also suggests the Orioles are probably hesitant to lock Hardy up into his mid-30s. He’s in the final season of a three-year, $22.25 million deal at age 31.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Smart move. Keep the business aspects of the job out of the press. It never ends well. For anyone.

  2. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Would it be fair to say the O’s have leverage here? Schoop playing well and they claim he will eventually be the starting 3B in Baltimore, thus moving Manny to SS.

    Worst case scenario? They decide not to extend Hardy and lose him in FA, but have the spot filled internally by Manny.

    Best case scenario? He signs something that is conducive with his age/injuries/production, and allows Schoop to stick to 2B.

    Middle ground- they realize he won’t sign here and/or they don’t want to give him an extension, and they manage to trade him away before the deadline for some prospects or depth.

    • dowhatifeellike - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Sounds about right. He’s nice to have but I’d be hard-pressed to say he’ll be needed after this year.

    • Dave Stevenson - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      The Orioles do have a bit of leverage in this situation. It’s not like they HAVE to keep Hardy. They (soon will) have an arguably better shortstop playing third base in Machado, and if Schoop spends time in Norfolk focusing on learning third base (hence why I want Schoop down in AAA once Manny’s back), he could replace Machado at third. Could just be an SSS, but Buck Britton really looks great in Bowie playing third base too. Not to mention they already have Wieters and Davis to worry about too, as well as all their arbitration guys.

      • DJ MC - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Buck Britton is 28 and playing in Bowie for the fifth time. I don’t think he’s going to be playing third in Baltimore.

        But Schoop should be a fine third baseman in the future. I don’t agree about sending him down now, though, since he’s still primarily a second baseman which is a big need (and he’s playing well), but give him the offseason and I’m sure he’ll be OK.

  3. excedrin1997 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    I think

  4. garypagetwo - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Come back to Milwaukee J.J . Play for a Winner

  5. nbjays - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Sounds like he got an official STFU request from upstairs.

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