Orioles, Hardy Agree to Terms on Extension

The Orioles and JJ Hardy have agreed to terms on a three-year extension, sources told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Hardy, 28, was thought to be a tempting trade candidate if he did not work out a deal with the club by the July 31st deadline, but the Orioles assured Hardy that he would not be flipped this season.

The deal is reported to be worth about 7.5 million per season, bringing the contract to a total of about 22.5 million through 2014. The Orioles included a partial no-trade clause in the contract, excluding a deal to 8 clubs.

Hardy has played for three teams in the last three years and was looking for some stability. Three guaranteed years and some protection from trade persuaded Hardy to extend rather than test the open market, where he would likely have received a deal worth more in total dollars.

Hardy is an above average defender, saving an average of 9.6 runs per season with his defense, and is currently hitting .275/.333/.490 with 13 home runs despite missing a month of play due to injury.

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