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.