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  1. I’d really like to see hardy get resigned and hold down SS until machado is ready

    Comment by Kyle — December 9, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

  2. If Hardy has a rebound he should qualify for Type B at the end of the year. He just missed it in 2010. So that’s something.

    Comment by McDonagh — December 9, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

  3. “However, there has to be some concerns about the 28-year old’s durability at this point, as he hasn’t played 100 games in a season since 2008…”

    Spot on about Hardy’s durability, but he played 115 games in 2009 and 101 games in 2010.


    Comment by xub — December 9, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

  4. i think he was demoted not hurt in 2009

    Comment by matty — December 9, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

  5. Not only was durability a concern for the Twins, but I think that his home/road splits (we have splits!) show that he really couldn’t hit at Target Field (1 HR, .252)

    Comment by TRE — December 9, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

  6. No question, the Twins sold short here. But am I delusional or just crazy to think that Jimmy Hoey has a shot at becoming the next Aardmsa?

    Comment by MFG — December 9, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

  7. I agree. As long as he’s decent we should try to lock him up for at least a few years until Machado’s ready. As little as was given up, you’d still like to see the return be higher than one year of Hardy, particularly given that this one year is very unlikely to be an impressive one.

    Comment by Baltimore Joe — December 9, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

  8. Maybe MacPhail reads FanGraphs. At a press conference, he was talking about what he liked about Hardy:

    “We like his defense. If you look at those UZR ratings or whatever, he’s very top-of-the-chart. We think he’ll provide us more offense and he’s a good defender.”

    Courtesy of

    Comment by Piccamo — December 9, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

  9. The O’s are really shedding relievers, and for decent return. I guess this (at least partially) explains BAL backing off the Bartlett talks.

    Comment by blackout — December 9, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

  10. Ugh… I love looking at the wrong column. Sorry.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — December 9, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

  11. The Twins are also chipping in about $500k, which reduces the money owed to Harris from $1.75m to $1.25m. Still a bit above a truly replacement level cost, but much closer.

    Comment by Mitch — December 10, 2010 @ 8:07 am

  12. But if you lump that $1.25m in with the surplus value you’re likely to get from Hardy, it’s still a good deal for the Orioles. Even without getting much from Harris.

    Comment by chulton — December 10, 2010 @ 8:48 am

  13. Yes, just as the article states with the $1.75m. So this makes it an even better deal.

    Comment by Mitch — December 10, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

  14. and for a team who’s had a wretched pitching staff the past few years or decades, the thought of them trading away their young arms for a guy who’s a 1 yr stop gap seem pretty dopey to me…. add to that, that JJ will cost them about $6M this year and it’s a puzzling move unless they’re in it just for the sandwich pick…

    Comment by FlushingFlash — December 10, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

  15. I like it. The Orioles are no contenders in 2011, and anytime a team in that position can trade a reliever for a position player, they should do it. I also like that they are working down their surplus of “eh, maybe a long reliever” arms. It seems like the Orioles had at least a dozen of those guys.

    Comment by dj — December 10, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

  16. David Hernandez is the only player out of either trade who was ever going to factor into the O’s plans. So they essentially got Reynolds and Hardy for Hernandez.

    Comment by Tito Landrum — December 12, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

  17. Gotta agree with the hardy signing being a good one. His fielding will be able to help out a pitching rotation that desperately needs it. Plus if he is able throw up 20 HR’s in the process, certainly wouldn’t hurt. I was happy to be able to pick him up in an 18 team dynasty keeper league at the end of the season. Now I can drop Alex Gonzalez so I don’t have to deal with his awful regression back to being an incredibly mediocre player

    Comment by Brian S — February 11, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

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