Tag:Brendan Harris
Posted on: December 10, 2010 4:49 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2010 4:49 pm

Izturis returning to O's

Cesar Izturis
The Orioles gave away his starting shortstop job, but Cesar Izturis will return as a utility player. The Baltimore Sun reports that he has agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal, which is pending a physical.

J.J. Hardy, acquired from the Twins, is Baltimore's starting shortstop, and the team also acquired Brendan Harris in that deal. But manager Buck Showalter reportedly likes Izturis, 30, for his versatility and clubhouse presence. Orioles fans will like seeing him at the plate far less often -- his .545 OPS last season was the lowest among American League regular players by 54 points.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 10:12 am
Edited on: December 9, 2010 11:56 am

Orioles acquire J.J. Hardy

Hardy The Orioles will have a new shortstop at noon, as Twins GM Bill Smith tells Kelly Thesier of MLB.com that the deal is done. Orioles GM Andy MacPhail concurred to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun .

J.J. Hardy will be traded to Baltimore along with infielder Brendan Harris in exchange for pitchers Brett Jacobson and James Hoey.

Hardy will be the O's new shortstop at around $7 million through arbitration while Harris should fill a utility spot at $1.75 million. Hardy can pick it with the glove but has struggled in recent years with the bat after back-to-back seasons of over 20 home runs for the Brewers. Harris doesn't have much of a stick but can play multiple infield positions.

The deal frees up quite a bit of money for the Twins, who can use the added money to sign Tsuyoshi Nishioka, whom they acquired from Japan via the posting process.

Jacobson figures to pitch in the minors, but Hoey could potentially fill a role in the bullpen.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: The Twins have officially announced the deal: Hardy, Harrison and cash to Baltimore for Hoey and Jacobsen.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 8:39 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 1:15 am

Twins could be buyers

Brandan Harris The Twins are sitting pretty, leading the American League Central and playing to big crowds at their new ballpark, Target Field.

There is room for improvement, however, and Minnesota could be active as the trade deadline approaches, with third base and the rotation their priorities according to MLB.com.

The Twins have gotten nothing offensively at third base -- a league-worst 20 RBI and a .222 average. Brendan Harris (pictured), their current starter, is batting .157. Rookie Danny Valencia, called up this month, has been impressive (.317) in 14 games but is apparently not a long-term answer at this point.

Mike Lowell, being shopped by Boston, is the most obvious solution to the third base void. Actually, 2008 Mike Lowell would be a great solution. The 2010 Mike Lowell is 36 years old, coming off hip and thumb operations and has batted .215, though he's played so sparingly it's understandable he hasn't been able to find his groove.

Minnesota's starters are eighth in the AL in ERA (4.27), and a big gun would help put the Twins over the top. The two biggest names, obviously, are Seattle's Cliff Lee and Houston's Roy Oswalt.

The Mariners are reportedly asking for a big return for Lee and are very thin at catcher, so if the Twins are willing to part with prospect Wilson Ramos for a half-season rental it could be a fit. Oswalt and his huge contract would be a much bigger financial investment.

-- David Andriesen

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