J.J. Hardy Signs Extension

July 17, 2011 | Derek Halford

J.J. Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles signed a 3 year extension for about $22 million. Some thought he might get traded but J.J. wanted to stay an Oriole. He’s expressed his love for the organization and that he’s actually having fun playing unlike when he played for Minnesota and Milwaukee.

J.J.’s early start this year was disappointing as he posted a .200 batting avg. in the month of April. But after he came back from his oblique injury he’s been lights out hitting in the leadoff spot and is now hitting .275 with 13 homers and 33 RBI’s.

The O’s are now glad that they have a short term short stop until Manny Machado comes up to the big leagues in what looks like about 2-3 years, and if Hardy is still producing well at that time we could trade him or put him at second if Brian Roberts is gone.