Os reach extension agreement with Hardy
BALTIMORE— The Orioles have reached a multi-year contract extension with shortstop J.J. Hardy that could be announced as early as Thursday, a Major League source confirmed to MLB.com.
It’s believed that Hardy’s deal is three years and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted out that it’s expected to land north of the $40 million range. The Orioles and Hardy, who would have been a free agent this winter, had some contract talks this spring that stalled and the shortstop stopped talking about any progress —of lack thereof— during the season. Of all of the Orioles pending free agents, a group that also includes Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, Hardy was the one manager Buck Showalter pushed for the most as the Gold Glover captains the team’s infield and has been a rock at shortstop.
Hardy, acquired in the offseason by former president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, signed a three-year, $22.5 million extension with Baltimore in 2012 which included incentives for being an All-Star, Gold Glover and Silver Slugger. Considered one of the League’s best defensive shortstop, Hardy would have command a hefty price tag on the open market but has made it no secret that he wanted to stay in Baltimore and play for the O’s.
Hardy has a .259/.301/.420 slash line in four regular seasons with Baltimore. The deal was first reported by 105.7 The Fan.