Tag:J.J. Hardy
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:36 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Report: Orioles agree to extend J.J. Hardy

By Matt Snyder

The Orioles and J.J. Hardy have agreed "in principle" on a three-year contract extension, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. The deal is reportedly for between $22 million and $22.5 million (Dan Connolly via Twitter). It includes a limited no-trade provision and is contingent on Hardy passing a physical (Zrebiec on Twitter).

The deal doesn't come as much of a surprise, as the talks have been reportedly ongoing for the last several days. There's a mutual interest for a deal to get done, too, as Hardy is injury-prone and surely loves the job security. In return, the Orioles get one of the better offensive shortstops in baseball (when healthy).

Hardy, 28, is hitting .275 with 13 home runs, 33 RBI and an .823 OPS this season. He did have a stint on the disabled list, and he'd also missed chunks of time in 2009 and 2010 with injury issues.

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:07 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Hardy hopes to stay in Baltimore

By C. Trent Rosecrans

J.J. HardyThere's been plenty of talk recently about an extension for Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, but still no deal. However, Hardy would like to see the job done, he told the Baltimore Sun.

"My thought is that I still hope it gets done," Hardy told the newspaper. "I know my agent and [Orioles director of baseball operations] Matt Kelntak have been talking. I don't know exactly where they are at or what they are thinking. If it gets done or not before the trade deadline, I don't know what their thoughts are. But I still say I hope it gets done."

According to the Baltimore Sun, the two sides are working on a three-year extension worth between $7 million and $8.5 million a year. Hardy said he'd like to have at least a partial no-trade clause in his contract.

If the two sides don't agree, the free-agent-to-be could be dealt at the deadline. He'd certainly be a valuable piece to a contender -- his old division, the National League Central, is full of teams in dire need of an upgrade at shortstop. 

If the Orioles keep him, he could either re-sign with the team or they could hope he qualifies as a Type A free agent, offer him arbitration and receive two draft picks. If he's resigned to a three-year deal, he'd likely hold that spot until the team's top prospect, 19-year-old shortstop Manny Machado, is ready to take over full-time.

For his part, Hardy says he'd like to stay in Baltimore.

"I see a pretty good lineup. I see a lot of pieces, like [Matt] Wieters, Adam Jones, [Nick] Markakis. If Brian Roberts can stay healthy, that's five pretty good guys that are filling up the field," Hardy said. "The pitchers, I feel like you see potential. Everyone sees potential. They are young, and another year under their belts will do wonders. … And I do believe Andy MacPhail, Buck [Showalter] and Peter [Angelos] are doing everything they possibly can to make this a winning team. That's something I have to believe and go from there."

In his first season with the Orioles, Hardy's hit .277/.336/.496 with 13 home runs -- already more than doubling his total in that category from last season in Minnesota.

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Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 11:00 am
 

Pepper: Don't buy me peanuts or Cracker Jack

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY: Matt Snyder joins Lauren Shehadi to talk sweeps week in Major League Baseball, as the Phillies, Yankees and Mets go for sweeps in interleague series today.

BASEBALL FOR EVERYONE: A friend of mine has spent a good 15 years of his professional career around his great love, baseball. He's hoped to share that love with his son, named for his favorite player, Nolan Ryan. The two watch games on TV, but haven't been able to experience the game live.

Nolan hasn't been able to sit in the stands and wish for a foul ball to come his way or walk out of the concourse and see the field, hear the crowd roar as Ichiro Suzuki rounds second on his way to third or hear the pop of a Felix Hernandez fastball.

You see, two years ago, like any other toddler, Nolan ate some peanut butter. Soon, he could't breathe and broke out into hives. His parents loaded him into the car and rushed to the hospital. At one point, his mother decide they couldn't wait any longer and called 911 and they pulled over to the side as an ambulance rushed to their aid, closing the I-5. The paramedics were able to get it under control and doctors told them Nolan wouldn't have lasted much longer.

Nolan was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy. Since then, they've noticed symptoms in their son if there is even peanut dust in the air. Safeco Field or any stadium was like walking into a poison trap for Nolan. 

Well, that won't have to be the case -- as the Mariners are one of the teams hosting peanut-free games this season, an increasing trend according to this Reuters article. Peanut allergies have doubled over the last decade, and nobody is sure why.

Five times a season, the Tigers offer peanut-free suites at discount prices, the next is Sunday against the Giants and all 70 seats are sold, the Detroit News reports. That's a good sign and hopefully encourages more of this.

PHILLIES GOOD: OK, this is hardly breaking news, but the Phillies' rotation is really, really good -- and that's even without Roy Oswalt.

David Hale of the News-Journal does the math for us, the current five starters in the rotation -- Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick -- are a combined 12-3 with a 1.33 ERA in June with hitters managing just a .194 batting average against. WIth Halladay, Lee and Worley starting this month, the Phillies have gone 13-0.

BLAME BUD: While Bud Selig is 100 percent right to want Frank McCourt out as the Dodgers' owner, Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan writes that it's Selig's fault McCourt is in this position to begin with. Instead of finding the best owner for the team in 2004, Selig went with someone who would be on his side.

EXTENSION FOR HARDY: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is on several team's trade wishlist, but he may not be going anywhere. The Orioles have reached out to Hardy's agent to talk about an extension. Hardy is a free agent after the season. [Baltimore Sun]

NO FIRE SALE: After the Cubs released Doug Davis, general manager Jim Hendry met with the media and assured them there would be no "fire sale." While nobody wants the bloated contracts of Alfonso Soriano or Carlos Zambrano, Hendry insinuated he wouldn't trade the likes of Carlos Marmol or Ryan Dempster. [Daily Herald]

NO FIRE SALE… YET: The Dodgers haven't started "substantive" trade talks yet, but could begin doing so after the break, ESPN's Buster Olney tweets.

ZIMMERMAN'S CHANGES: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has struggled after rebuilding his throwing mechanics during a season, including allowing the game-winning run with a throwing error on Wednesday. But Zimmerman is convinced he's doing the right thing and it'll pay off in the end. [Washington Post]

WOOD CLOSER: The Cubs could get reliever Kerry Wood back in time for this weekend's series with the White Sox, CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney tweets.

ROENICKE, GREINKE MEET: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke met with right-hander Zack Greinke to "clear the air" after Roenicke felt some of his postgame comments were misinterpreted by the media after Greinke's two-inning start against the Yankees. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

BUCHHOLZ OUT PAST BREAK: After throwing a bullpen Tuesday, Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz said he won't make his next start and could be out until after the All-Star break. Buchholz is dealing with a muscle strain in his back. [Boston Herald]

STRASBURG'S MECHANICS: Stephen Strasburg is back throwing off a mound, but his mechanics look the same, some observers say. Does he need a change? Sports Illustrated's Will Carroll says he doesn't know (and if Will doesn't know, I certainly don't), but it would be wise for the Nationals to look into some biomechanics analysis to make sure his mechanics weren't the reason for his arm injury.

SWISH BEING SWISH: Nick Swisher said his recent turnaround on the field has allowed him to be himself in the clubhouse. [Wall Street Journal]

ECKSTEIN NOT RETIRED: Former Angels (among other teams) shortstop David Eckstein says he's not retired, he's just choosing not to play. There are teams that would be interested in the game's leader of grit, but isn't sure if he wants to return. He sounds like he just needs to be wined and dined in the right way and he'd return. [Los Angeles Times]

NAME GAME: Just as Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle was responsible for Pete Rose's nickname, "Charlie Hustle," another Hall of Famer hung the moniker "Donnie Baseball" on Don Mattingly. Mattingly said Kirby Puckett gets credit for the nickname. [MLB.com]

NAME CHANGE: Remember the old XFL and Rod "He Hate Me" Smart? The CPBL -- the Chinese Professional Baseball League of Taiwan -- is apparently trying some sort of similar name-changing gimmick with its foreign players. One of those is former Royal Dan Reichert who is now Robert 38. [FanGraphs.com]

DODGERS DREAM TEAM: Steve Garvey has put together what he calls a "Dream Team" to buy the Dodgers, including another former Dodger, Orel Hershiser. [SportsRadioInterviews.com]

DIFFERENT DERBY: The Midwest League featured a different type of home run derby, which featured a hitting contest with more than 50 targets and prizes, including a dunk tank. Really, though, the biggest improvement over the big-league version is the absence of Chris Berman. [Benjamin Hill]

BUTCH'S TIRADE: Former big-leaguer Butch Hobson is now a manager in an Independent League, but his tirade from the other night is certainly worthy of the majors. Check him out has he does a combination of Lloyd McClendon and Terrell Owens. [h/t ItsAlwaysSunnyInDetroit.com]

MASCOT FAIL: Is that a sock or are you just happy to see me? Check out this independent league mascot in Amarillo, Texas. Yep. That's not good. [h/t Big League Stew]

BRING A PACKED LUNCH: I've always wanted to go see a game on one of the Wrigley Field rooftops, and I'd still like to -- I'm just not sure I would eat anything they have. Several rooftop businesses failed their health inspections recently. [Chicago Tribune]

CONGRATS CHONE: FanGraphs.com looks at the worst players in baseball based on 2010 and 2011 -- with Mariners infielder Chone Figgins edging Brewers shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt for the title.

CIVIL WAR-STYLE GAME: If you're in Savannah, Ga., this weekend, you have plenty of entertainment and dining options, but how about checking out some baseball at a Civil War fort? Fort Pulaski will host a game Sunday featuring rules from 1860. [Connect Savannah]

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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: May 11, 2011 2:02 am
 

3 up, 3 down: Kennedy outduels Lincecum

Kennedy

By Evan Brunell


Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks -- Kennedy turned in a sublime performance, matching Tim Lincecum with eight scoreless, whiffing eight and walking just three and allowing four hits. Kennedy has really taken a step forward this season and has a 3.23 ERA so far. It's the fourth time in seven starts that the right-hander has pitched into the eighth and he has only had one stinker this year. The 26-year-old has taken legitimate strides this year and looks to be settling in as a long-term No. 2 or 3 starter.

Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox -- A-Gon was widely hailed as the consensus AL MVP prior to the season. A slow start dimmed that star a bit, but his 3-for-6 night with two walks and three RBI -- oh, and those two home runs -- have put him squarely back in the chase. He's now hitting .324/.375/.541 and looks right at home in Boston and has already flashed his defense. A-Gon now has six home runs which puts him in the franchise lead, just one ahead of Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz.

J.J. Hardy, Orioles -- Hardy played in only six games (one as a pinch-hitter) before hitting the disabled list, so this was really his coming-out game for the Orioles. In his first game back, Hardy went 4-for-5 out of the nine-hole (wanna bet he's moved up Wednesday?) and tacked on a home run and a walk for good measure. Hardy's always had the potential to flash an above-average bat for a shortstop; he just hasn't done so in recent years. The Orioles are hoping he ends their revolving door at shortstop for a few seasons. He's got strong defense and will be a coveted free agent once he hits the market after the year. 



Jorge Posada, Yankees -- And the beat goes on for Posada, who is starting to approach a justifiable benching. Posada's start to the year was rife with home runs and while the power is still there, he's shown zero aptitude for getting a hit. After his 0-for-3 night dropped him to .147/.250/.343, the question must seriously be asked: is Posada done? OK, probably not, but he may be done for a while as a starter. The Yankees could promote Jesus Montero before too long, but it's still a tad early to be asking that question. Given we're in mid-May, though, Posada really only has a couple more weeks to turn it around before there are significant repercussions to his slump.

Francisco Liriano, Twins -- Yeah, so maybe that no-hitter wasn't quite the turnaround point for Liriano. The lefty was right back to being his old lousy self as he lasted just three innings with his control problems re-surfacing with three free passes against just one strikeout. All told, he gave up four runs on three hits (yep, walks will do that to you) to the Tigers. Liriano's no-no has bought him some time, but that leash only got so much longer after his pristine game. If he doesn't turn it around in the next couple of starts, Minnesota will not hesitate to replace Liriano. Oh, by the way, Detroit's Victor Martinez is on fire. A day after being one of the 3 Up hitters, he stuffed the stat sheet with a 3-for-4 performance, driving in four and adding two runs.

Aroldis Chapman, Reds -- Ew. Cincy was on its way toward a whitewashing of the Astros but had to settle for a 7-3 margin after Chapman relieved Homer Bailey (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K), faced four batters and retired absolutely zip. He didn't whiff anyone but walked three and hit another. After walking in a run, Nick Masset came in and drove the final nail into Chapman's night by giving up a two-run single. That's got the fireballing lefty's ERA all the way up to 4.26 and has given up six earned runs and eight walks in his last three appearances. Dude's certainly screaming out that he might be hurt, no?

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Posted on: May 9, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Scott has torn labrum, Hardy back soon for O's

By Matt Snyder

Orioles left fielder Luke Scott received the results of an MRI Monday afternoon, and the news wasn't good. He has a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. He's been playing through the pain for a bit and expects to continue to do so, though this result likely means he's going to have to have surgery at some point -- the offseason if he makes it all the way through the 2011 season.

"I knew it was definitely a possibility," Scott said. "I was very disappointed to find out, but as I’ve said, I’ve had miracle healings before and I’m just trying for another one. I’m going to play through the pain, pray and believe in my miracle healing. That’s it." (Orioles Insider )

Scott has been the Orioles best hitter so far this season, sporting a .333 on-base percentage, six home runs, 14 RBI and 13 runs. He's often replaced on defense in the late innings by Felix Pie and the Orioles have told the media they'll continue to employ this strategy -- and they just might do it sooner in the game now to try and save Scott's injured throwing arm from more pain.

In other Orioles news, they will likely be getting J.J. Hardy back this week, possibly as early as Tuesday. He's been sidelined since April 9 with -- what else? -- an oblique injury.

Of course, it's questionable how much an upgrade Hardy will be over Robert Andino. Andino has hit. 277 with a solid .390 OBP in 78 plate appearances this season. Before falling injured, Hardy was hitting just .200 with a .294 OBP. Small sample size, to be sure, but Hardy hasn't been above average at the plate since 2008. Injuries haven't helped, but he hasn't hit when healthy since then.

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Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Hardy out 2-3 weeks with oblique strain

By C. Trent Rosecrans

J.J. HardyOrioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has a left oblique strain, an MRI image has shown, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Hardy will be out two to three weeks, Orioles general manager Andy MacPhail said.

Hardy missed two games last week with the injury and was then taken out of Saturday's game after one at-bat.

The Orioles had feared he could be out longer, so this is really good news. Hardy, 28, was hitting .200/.294/.400 in six games this season.

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Hardy headed to DL, could miss six weeks

By Matt Snyder

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is out of the lineup Sunday with a strained oblique and could be out for a while. He initially injured himself Thursday and attempted to come back Saturday, only to reaggravate the injury. He will have an MRI and is expected to be placed on the disabled list Monday with Cesar Izturis and Robert Andino taking over duties at short. Meanwhile, the O's reportedly fear Hardy is lost for the next six weeks. (MLB.com via Twitter )

Hardy, 28, has had trouble staying healthy for the past three seasons after hitting 50 home runs combined in 2007 and 2008. He is hitting .214 with a .313 on-base percentage thus far in 2011.

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