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Posted on: June 13, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 4:38 pm

Orioles interested in extending J.J. Hardy

By Evan Brunell

HardyThe Orioles are so pleased with J.J. Hardy's play that GM Andy MacPhail intends to discuss a possible contract extension before the season ends with the shortstop, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Hardy was acquired from the Twins in the offseason and, despite missing 25 games with a strained oblique, has been a revelation, providing his usual steady defense and adding offense not seen since 2008. Hardy's .287/.363/.473 line in 147 plate appearances would represent a career-high OPS and is flashing the 20-homer power he displayed in the past, having knocked six out of the park so far. But it's not just offense and defense where he excels.

“The game never catches him by surprise,” one Orioles official says of the shortstop who has become a favorite of skipper Buck Showalter. “He shows up, you ask him a question, he gives the right answer. And he tells (teammates) the right things instead of what they want to hear.”

Hardy, a free agent at the end of the year, would be in demand at the trade deadline should Baltimore make him available. He'd be the second-best option behind Jose Reyes, and many teams would probably prefer to acquire Hardy given the cost would be less. But it appears the O's intend to keep him for at least the next two seasons, if they can, as a bridge to hot prospect Manny Machado.

But if Hardy keeps this up, he'll be able to get a three- or four-year contract from another team. At that point, Baltimore will have to decide if the extra year or two is worth keeping Hardy around. Given Machado is just 18 and in his first full professional season, the O's shouldn't balk at three years.

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 4:13 pm

Orioles top prospects revealed

Britton The Orioles are the first installment in Baseball Americas Top 10 Prospects rankings, considered the gold standard.

BA's Will Lingo finds a lot to be impressed by in the organization, noting that Baltimore is focusing on organizational continuity up and down the ladder. As a result, fewer roving instructors will be employed with an extra coach at each level to pick up the slack. Longtime hitting coach Terry Crowley will move into an organizational position geared towards promoting the same ideals in the organization.

Manny Machado, plucked with the No. 3 pick in the 2010 amateur draft, tops the rankings for Baltimore but stud pitching prospect Zach Britton (pictured) is no slouch, as are the rest of the names. Lingo projects No. 3 Xavier Avery, No. 4 L.J. Hoes and No. 6 Wynn Pelzer to make an impact in the majors by 2014.

The list is below, and you can check out Lingo's thoughts here , as well as their scouting breakdowns of each prospect if you have a subscription.

1. Manny Machado, ss
2. Zach Britton, lhp
3. Xavier Avery, of
4. L.J. Hoes, 2b
5. Dan Klein, rhp
6. Wynn Pelzer, rhp
7. Mychal Givens, ss
8. Ryan Adams, 2b/3b
9. Ryan Berry, rhp
10. Jonathan Schoop, ss

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:20 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:26 am

Your non-Harper draft begins with RHP

The Pirates took Texas high school right-hander Jameson Taillon with the second pick, meaning the Baltimore Orioles will likely take shortstop Manny Machado and then the rest of the mock drafts fall to pieces.

For the last month, most of the draft has been cut down to three phases: Bryce Harper hype, Tallion or Machado and then the rest.

With Taillon and Machado out of the way, the college players will start to be taken off the board.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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