Hardy wants to stay in Baltimore but…..

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will enter free agency after the season and unfortunately Monday had to address some rumors. The Orioles are visiting the New York Yankees this week, a team that will be searching for a shortstop this winter. So naturally the New York area media jumped on a rumor that Hardy would consider signing with the Yankees. Hardy reiterated a few times that he’s wanted to finish his career in Baltimore but did admit that everything changes once free agency begins.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy reiterated after Monday’s game that he would like to remain in an Orioles uniform for the rest of his career following reports out of New York that said the pending free agent would consider signing with the Yankees.

“I said that, once I got here, I planned to finish my career here unless I went to free agency,” Hardy said about playing in Baltimore. “Then everything changes. That’s true.” (Baltimore Sun)

Hardy stressed that everyone needs to wait to see what happens which is the right call. The Orioles are the American League East champs and need to be focused on the playoffs.

“Would the Yankees be the first choice?” Hardy said. “There are 29 other teams out there, and if I make it to free agency, it’s whatever happens, happens. Do I want to stay here? Yeah. I’ve always said since spring training that. So I guess we wait and see what happens.”(Baltimore Sun)

The one thing for sure is that Hardy will be one of the top shortstops on the market and commanding a significant amount a money. In 2014, he’s making $7 million and could get a higher amount if a bidding war ensues. That could all change though if the Orioles submit a qualifying order.

If that happens then we could have another Stephen Drew situation where he sits there for a long time. Hardy is very talented just like Drews but not a player that a team would be willing to pay AND give up a draft pick for.

So like he says we’ll have to “wait and see what happens”

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