Orioles considering extending J.J. Hardy

The Orioles have taken under consideration extending shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is signed through 2014.

“J.J. has had a couple really good years for the team,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Wednesday, “and I think the interest is mutual between he and the Orioles and extending that relationship.”

It would be Hardy’s second extension with Baltimore as the Gold Glover heads into the final season of a three-year $22.5 million deal in July 2011, a deal that includes an eight-team no-trade clause. He is represented by LSW Baseball.

Hardy, one of the most well-liked Orioles in the clubhouse, was also an All-Star and Silver Slugger this year and hit .263 with 25 homers and 76 RBIs in 159 games.

Hardy was the subject of trade rumors earlier this winter, along with catcher Matt Wieters, although it’s highly unlikely the club moves either player. The Orioles have had extension talks regarding Wieters the past two springs and Duquette said they will touch base with his agent Scott Boras –who also represented Chris Davis– when they go through the arbitration process next month.

Boras held court with the media at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday afternoon and was asked about possible extension talks for Wieters and Davis.

“I’m sure that conversation will be with Peter [Angelos] and I some day, but certainly welcome to entertain it and look at it and talk,” he said.

As for the notoriously difficult Boras’ relationship with the Orioles?

“Dan [Duquette] and I talk frequently, if not two, three times a month. Had a meeting in September. We have a good working relationship and had one when he was in Boston,” Boras said. “He’s got great hair, too.”

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