The MLB general manager meetings in Orlando have garnered plenty of attention centered around the Orioles and trade speculation related to catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy.
Represented by super agent Scott Boras, Wieters does not become a free agent until after the 2015 season, but all indications are pointing to it being a difficult task for the Orioles to sign the All-Star catcher to a long-term deal. The 2007 first-round pick will be approaching age 30 when he’s scheduled to hit the free-agent market in two years.
Multiple reports are suggesting the Orioles would be open to trading either player for the right price. There were reported discussion between the Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals about a deal involving Hardy and right-handed pitcher Shelby Miller, but that deal was rejected by St. Louis.
The Orioles seek an impact starting pitcher for the top half of the rotation currently led by 16-game winner Chris Tillman.
Hardy is entering the final season of a three-year, $22.5 million that includes an eight-team no-trade clause.