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Hardy hopes to stay in Baltimore

Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:07 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 8:25 pm
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: December 21, 2011 8:07 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:07 am

Hardy hopes to stay in Baltimore

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Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:04 pm

Hardy hopes to stay in Baltimore

Trading Hardy for draft picks would set us back a few years. For the first time a player is actually saying he wants to play here. Right now at least we have the entire left side of the infield shored up through next season if Hardy signs. The outfield is in need of  aleft fielder and we also will be looking at 2B and 1B in the off season.

The addition of Hardy long term could show other potential free agents that the team is actually committed to winning. With Hardy, Reynolds, Wieters, Jones and Markakis that is a pretty good nucleus of a hard hitting team. The Orioles need to land that bigtime free agent like Fielder to show commitment to the future rather than these Dollar Store retreads that we have brought in this year in a sad attempt to make us look liike a professional baseball team.

Unfortunately with the likes of Peter Angelos still at the helm we are destined to be a perennial sinking ship. Sell the team to Ripken so we can begin to show respectability in the toughest division in baseball. Bring in Brian Cashman to be GM and again, show potential suitors that we want to win and are willing to spend money to fill the seats.

I am sitting here right now watching this pathetic bunch and almost went through the TV watching Felix Pie go through his melodramatics. This is not our future, not even close. Get rid of the likes of Pie, Scott, Lee, Guerrero, Roberts and a host of others for whatever we can get, a fire sale per sey. Again commit to something besaides being the laughing stock of baseball. 

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:34 pm

Hardy hopes to stay in Baltimore

Hardy seems to be a quality player ... definitely better than most the O's have had at SS in the last 10 years.

But Pitching is the issue.

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