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Twins to ship Hardy to Baltimore

Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: December 9, 2010 1:15 am

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Having spent much of the week looking for a shortstop, the Orioles have found one: The Twins have agreed to send J.J. Hardy and infielder Brendan Harris to Baltimore in exchange for minor-league pitchers Brett Jacobson and Jim Hoey.

The deal is in place, pending medicals, according to sources, and could be formalized on Thursday.

Hardy, who batted .268 with six homers and 38 RBIs in 101 games for the Twins in 2010, became expendable when Minnesota won negotiating rights to Japanese free agent shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka. The Twins are expected to sign the middle infielder to a three-year deal worth between $9 and $12 million soon.

A wrist injury knocked Hardy out for nearly two months last season. He earned $5.1 million in 2010 and, arbitration-eligible, will earn more in 2011.

The Twins are looking for pitchers in return for Hardy, especially because it appears that they will lose two key relievers from last year's club, Matt Guerrier and Jesse Crain.



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 12:19 pm

Twins to ship Hardy to Baltimore

Too bad for Hardy...only if the guy could stay healthy. He was fun to watch in Milwaukee but had nagging injuries throughout.  Hopefully he can get healthy and help out the O's.  Hated seeing him in a Twinkie uniform.

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:09 am

Twins to ship Hardy to Baltimore

Dude you sound really clueless, you rather have bell that showed he isnt a major leauger, and a career minor leauger at ss and 3b. you sound like a tard.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 7:58 am

Twins to ship Hardy to Baltimore

Bretteis, you're a fool if you don't believe the Orioles are noticeably improved with the addition of Mark Reynolds at 3B and J.J. Hardy at short.  Realize that Andy MacPhail added two starters to the Major League roster by only giving up one pitcher who was expected to contribute anything of value over the next few years.

In his first season in Baltimore, Josh Bell clearly demonstrated he wasn't ready for Major League pitching and was not showing much ability to learn quickly.  If Bell is going to be a player, it's going to take at least one more full year at double-A or triple-A and the knowledge that he wasn't going to have to take over 3B full time upon his return.  Reynolds is an improving fielder and has cut down on his errors each of his three full seasons.  I see no reason to think that trend would not continue over the next couple of years.  Let's also not forget that Reynolds is one year removed from a season in which he posted a .260 BA along with 44 HR, 102 RBI, 98 runs, and 24 SB.  How many 3B in the game today are capable of 40 HR and 20 steals and are 27 years old or younger.

As much as I like Robert Andino's drive as a player, he doesn't show like he's going to be a 5-tooler who we've got to keep a spot open for.  Let him be the super utility guy who subs for Brian Roberts, Hardy, and gets the occasional pinch running duty.  Every teams needs one of those guys and Andino could be it.  He reminds me of Mark McLemore from the 1990s.

Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 6:46 am

Twins to ship Hardy to Baltimore

Gonzales and Crawford?  Nope, not for us.
Hardy and Harris? Ka-ching!
Could not be any more excited about this deal for the O's.  With Hardy and Harris, the AL EAST is Ours!!!!!!

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 6:05 am

Twins to ship Hardy to Baltimore

Mark Reynolds, now JJ Hardy? I'd rather watch rookies struggle through the year than watch these guys. Give Josh Bell and Robert Andino a chance to play every day. So sick of the Orioles doing this year after year, after year.

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:34 am

Twins to ship Hardy to Baltimore

nah they're not really worth anything. we thought hoey was going to be awesome way back in the day but he never lived up to the hype now he's a scrub fill-in we haven't called him up in a while. at least he's really tall if that counts for anything.

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:20 am

Twins to ship Hardy to Baltimore

seriously... anyone know if these pitchers are worth anything?  There are rumors of building up a crop of farm players to trade for grienke, i hope thats true because this trade doesn't seem like anything that will help immediately.  Hardy was dispensable, and his contract wasn't worth the return.  I was really excited for him last offseason but he never really panned out just like the middle infield for the last 6 years...

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