Thursday, December 9, 2010

Orioles Trade for Hardy

The Orioles may've been the ultimate bride's maid on the free agent market, but they're doing pretty well for themselves on the trade market.  Earlier today, they completed a deal to obtain shortstop, J.J. Hardy and utility infielder Brendan Harris from the Twins in exchange for pitchers Brett Jacobson and Jim Hoey. 

I spoke in depth about the Orioles interest in trading for Hardy last month, so I won't bore you with all of the details again.  Suffice it say, I really like the move.  While Hardy's been down offensively the last two seasons, I have a feeling he'll bounce back in 2011 when he gets to play half of his games in doubles friendly Camden Yards.  Defensively, Hardy is one of the better players at his position.  He has good range, soft hands, and a strong arm.  He'll definitely stabilize a position that's been filled by replacement level players over the past three years. 

Hardy will be a free agent after the 2011 season.  It will be interesting to see if the Orioles try to lock him up for the next 2-3 years prior to Opening Day. 

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