CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 14: J.J. Hardy #27 of the Minnesota Twins hits a double in the 5th inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on September 14 2010 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Twins Trade J.J. Hardy, Brendan Harris To Orioles For Pair Of Relievers

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J.J. Hardy, Brendan Harris Traded From Twins To Orioles For Jim Hoey, Brett Jacobson

After word spread of an impending deal on Wednesday, it's all official now, as the Twins and Orioles have pulled off a J.J. Hardy trade that will send the shortstop to Baltimore.

Jon Morosi confirms that the Twins are sending Hardy, Brendan Harris, and $500,000 to the Orioles in exchange for Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson. The 28-year-old Hardy became expendable for Minnesota when they got involved in negotiations with Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, but he will get a chance to start at short in Baltimore, while Harris should serve as the team's utility man.

Hoey is a nearly 28-year-old power righty reliever on the road back from shoulder surgery. Last year he posted strong strikeout numbers between AA and AAA. Jacobson is a 24-year-old righty reliever as well coming off a decent 2010 in A-ball. He is a long ways away, while Hoey could conceivably break camp with the team.

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J.J. Hardy, Brendan Harris On Verge Of Trade From Twins To Orioles

With negotiations advancing with Japanese import Tsuyoshi Nishioka, the Minnesota Twins know they're sitting on a surplus shortstop in J.J. Hardy. And according to reports, it seems they're now on the verge of sending Hardy away in exchange for prospects.

Orioles Insider's Don Connelly says that the Twins and Orioles are working on the finishing touches for a trade that will send infielders Hardy and Brendan Harris to Baltimore for two relievers. The trade could be announced very shortly - perhaps just after Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

The 28-year-old Hardy became a trade candidate when the Twins realized they didn't want to pay millions of dollars to a backup. The strong defensive shortstop batted .268 a year ago with a .714 OPS, and would fill a gaping hole for the Orioles. Additionally, the 30-year-old Harris has a good amount of Major League experience, and while he isn't great in the field, he has a serviceable bat, and would make for a useful utility player, also filling a need in Baltimore.

The Twins would presumably add two relievers in return, but they would be making this trade more for purposes of salary relief than talent addition. Hardy will make a raise from 2010's $5.1 million while Harris is set to make $1.75 million in 2011, and neither looked to be worth it in Minnesota with Nishioka all but in the mix.

For more, check out Camden Chat and Twinkie Town.

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