osforlife wrote:Trading JJ Hardy after the 2012 season would have been the most ideal IMO. That way, Machado would have made an easy transition to shortstop after spending the last couple months at third base for the O's. If JJ Hardy is Baltimore's shortstop throughout his contract, a transition to shortstop for Machado might not be as pretty. An extension of Hardy would likely mean the termination of Machado's potential to play short. His positional value would obviously be greater playing shortstop. After Manny's knee injury though..is he able to have the necessary range at shortstop? I would have loved to trade Hardy for David Freese and another, but the Angels just acquired him. If the O's could get a premier third base prospect in a deal, that would be fantastic. For insurance at shortstop, I'd sign Willie Bloomquist.
LA Detective wrote: I also wouldn't go more than a two year extension.
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