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The Future of J.J. Hardy

The Future of J.J. Hardy

PostPost #1 by Tucker Blair » November 20th, 2013, 12:26 pm

Alex Conway with his latest piece on the future of J.J. Hardy

http://orioles-nation.com/2013/11/20/future-j-j-hardy/
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Re: The Future of J.J. Hardy

PostPost #2 by jonas winslo » November 20th, 2013, 5:10 pm

He's not going to improve unless he gets the innings to keep it alive!
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Re: The Future of J.J. Hardy

PostPost #3 by osforlife » November 22nd, 2013, 6:08 pm

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.
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Re: The Future of J.J. Hardy

PostPost #4 by AlexConway » November 23rd, 2013, 2:19 pm

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.


Yeah, trading him then would have netted a higher value. I would consider any deal that involved a starter as well.
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Re: The Future of J.J. Hardy

PostPost #5 by ofahn » December 17th, 2013, 6:14 pm

I'll bet that Hardy is waiting to see what Drew signs for to decide what kind of extension he would consider.
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Re: The Future of J.J. Hardy

PostPost #6 by LA Detective » December 19th, 2013, 3:17 pm

Two straight years of Gold Gloves, most homers for a SS last 3 years, Silver Slugger Award and All Star. If his name was Reyes, HRamirez or Tulo how big would the contract be? We have to hope for the unsung and home town discount. I also wouldn't go more than a two year extension. At times watching him run he looks old. And there have been shoulder issues and age could effect his range. I love the guy and believe his decision making and on field leadership is off the charts but he could get priced beyond a good contract.
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Re: The Future of J.J. Hardy

PostPost #7 by ofahn » December 23rd, 2013, 9:11 am

LA Detective wrote: I also wouldn't go more than a two year extension.

Agreed. PLUS defense, but his bat is really like Mark Reynolds. His OBP in the same lineup as Wieters (and to some lesser degree, Jones) really hurts.
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