J.J. Hardy may soon join the core of the Baltimore Orioles.
In an interview on WBAL radio, General Manager Dan Duquette indicated that he would like to work out an extension for the 31-year-old shortstop. He said that they have started to work on the procedure.
Hardy has played the last three years in Baltimore, and in 2013 posted a .263/.306/.433 slash line. He has displayed somewhat surprising power during his tenure with the Orioles, hitting 30, 22, and 25 home runs from 2011-2013. He also earned his second Gold Glove award and second All-Star nomination while winning his first Silver Slugger.
2014 is his final year with the club and he is signed for $7 million with additional incentives based on additional awards.