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Twins' Hardy in demand

Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:37 pm
 
J.J. Hardy Twins general manager Bill Smith could be busy in Florida this week, as shortstop J.J. Hardy is still in demand as a trade candidate. "About six" teams have talked to the Twins about Hardy in recent weeks, the Star Tribune 's La Velle E. Neal III reports .

Neal speculates that the Astros, Cardinals, Giants, Padres, Pirates and Orioles are interested in Hardy, who finished his first season in Minnesota hitting .268/.320/.394 with six home runs and 38 RBIs in 101 games.

The Twins will be looking for a "quality reliever" or a "speed" player in return for Hardy, 28.

The Twins are negotiation with Japanese second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka and would play Alexi Casilla at shortstop. Minnesota needs to bolster a bullpen that's likely to lose Jesse Crain and Matt Guerrier to free agency.

The free agent shortstop market was incredibly thin, with an aging Derek Jeter as the best one on the market, while shortstops available via trade are mostly overpaid and old.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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