Tag:J.J. Hardy
Posted on: November 26, 2010 4:36 pm

Twins will use Nishioka at 2B

The Twins will use Tsuyoshi Nishioka at second base, a source tells FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi .

Nishioka played both shortstop and second base in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines, and most scouts predicted him as a second baseman here.

Orlando Hudson, last year's second baseman, is a Type B free agent and not expected to return to Minnesota.

J.J. Hardy was this year's shortstop, but the Twins would certainly like to upgrade at that position, although there's hardly an obvious free agent candidate (besides Derek Jeter, of course). The trade market for shortstop is definitely a seller's market, so the team may choose not to upgrade that spot or hope Nishioka surprises them when he gets to spring training.

The Twins won the bidding to negotiate with Nishioka and their 30-day window to negotiate with him began today.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 12:09 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 12:27 pm

Twins win Nishioka bidding

Tsuyoshi Nishioka
Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that the Twins are the team whose posting bid was accepted by the Chiba Lotte Marines for Japanese batting champion Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

The switch-hitting infielder, who has won the Japanese equivalent of the Gold Glove at both shortstop and second base, batted .346.423/.482 with 206 hits in the recently concluded season. The Twins now have exclusive rights to negotiate a contract with Nishioka for the next 30 days. If they succeed, Nishioka comes to America (presumably freeing the Twins to deal J.J. Hardy) and the Marines get the posting fee, estimated in various reports at around $5 million. If the Twins fail to sign the infielder, he returns to Japan and the Twins pay nothing.

The Mariners, Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers were said to be in the bidding on Nishioka. If the reports of the posting fee are accurate, it seems like a pretty reasonable outlay for the Twins, especially considering the Athletics just paid a reported $19.3 million for the posting of pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (negotiations on a contract there appear to have come to a standstill).

Tsuyoshi's accompiishments in Japan are impressive, but it's alway tricky trying to predict how success in Japan will translate to the U.S. Since the Mariners struck gold with Ichiro Suzuki in 2001, everyone has been trying to find the next Japanese gem, with mixed (at best) results. The closest comparison to Nishioka to have played here is Kazuo Matsui, who, interestingly, announced Thursday he is headed back to Japan after seven mostly forgetabble seasons with the Mets, Rockies and Astros.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 3:30 pm

Orioles looking at Bartlett, Hardy

The Baltimore Sun notes that the Orioles haven't ruled out Cesar Izturis returning at shortstop (though they should rule it out -- the guy had a .545 OPS, lowest among qualified AL players by 54 points ) but are talking trade with the Rays and Twins.

The Rays have Reid Brignac set to step in for Jason Bartlett, and are desperate for relievers. The Orioles reportedly offered David Hernandez. Bartlett would be a pricey option for the Orioles, considering he's arbitration-eligible, made $4 million last season and becomes a free agent after 2011.

The Twins' J.J. Hardy also is an impending free agent, but the Orioles have reportedly talked swap with Minnesota.

One column in the Sun calls for the Orioles to sign Derek Jeter. For a lot of reasons, that's not going to happen.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:36 pm

Twins banged up in Chicago

It was a rough night for the Twins -- and not just because they lost 6-1 to the White Sox to fall back into a tie for first in the American League Central.

MLB.com's Kelly Thesier's Twitter account has a running list of the team's injuries:

Reliever Jose Mijares was on crutches in the clubhouse with a likely right knee strain. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mijares, who gave up a hit to the only batter he faced. Mijares seemed to land awkwardly covering first on Carlos Quentin's leadoff single in the eighth.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy left the game with a sore wrist, but told Thesier he'd be able to play in the series finale on Thursday.

Also hurt was reliever Jon Rauch, who has a "black and blue toe" on his right foot and said it bothered him on the mound on Tuesday. Rauch, replaced as the team's closer when Matt Capps was acquired at the trade deadline, allowed a run in his one-inning of work on Tuesday. Wednesday, Capps finished the game out after Mijares left, despite the team being down five runs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:06 am

Hardy to DL

The Twins put shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list with a sore left wrist and recalled infielder Trevor Plouffe.

Hardy had a cortisone shot on Tuesday, but after he was still sore following batting practice on Thursday, the Twins decided to put Hardy on the DL for the second time this season because of the wrist injury.

Hardy hasn't played a full game since June 4.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:25 pm

Twins DL Hudson, but not Hardy

Manager Ron Gardenhire just told reporters the Twins have placed second baseman Orlando Hudson on the disabled list with a wrist injury. Hudson hasn't played since May 31, when he collided with Denard Span and hurt his surgically repaired left wrist. He'll be eligible to return June 15.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy, also sporting a sore wrist, was considered a candidate for the DL. Instead, he had a cortisone shot and the team will see how he responds in the next few days.

Taking Hudson's spot on the roster is Michael Cuddyer, who has been on the bereavement list while attending his father-in-law's funeral.

-- David Andriesen

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