Orioles looking at Bartlett, Hardy
Posted on: November 18, 2010 3:30 pm
The Baltimore Sun notes that the Orioles haven't ruled out Cesar Izturis returning at shortstop (though they should rule it out -- the guy had a .545 OPS, lowest among qualified AL players by 54 points ) but are talking trade with the Rays and Twins.
The Rays have Reid Brignac set to step in for Jason Bartlett, and are desperate for relievers. The Orioles reportedly offered David Hernandez. Bartlett would be a pricey option for the Orioles, considering he's arbitration-eligible, made $4 million last season and becomes a free agent after 2011.
The Twins' J.J. Hardy also is an impending free agent, but the Orioles have reportedly talked swap with Minnesota.
One column in the Sun calls for the Orioles to sign Derek Jeter. For a lot of reasons, that's not going to happen.
-- David Andriesen
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