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Orioles Acquire J.J. Hardy, Brendan Harris; Re-Sign Koji Uehara

Dec 9, 2010 – 10:48 AM
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Orioles will leave the Winter Meetings with a pair of veteran infielders in the fold. They announced Thursday that they have acquired shortstop J.J. Hardy and utilityman Brendan Harris for the Twins.

Right-handed relievers James Hoey and Brett Jacobson are headed to Minnesota in the deal, with cash going from Minnesota to Baltimore as well. The Orioles also moved to shore up their own bullpen in agreeing to bring back Koji Uehara on a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2012.

Hardy gives the Orioles the everyday shortstop they have sought this offseason, spelling the end of Cesar Izturis' days in Baltimore. Hardy, who is arbitration-eligible, stands to make at least $6 million in 2011 after hitting .268 with six homers and 38 RBI for the Twins last year.

Harris, who is under contract for $1.75 million next season, can play every infield position. He had a rough 2010, hitting .157 in 43 games before being demoted to Triple-A in late June. He has ample big league experience, though, seeing time with the Cubs, Expos/Nationals, Rays and Reds before heading to Minnesota.

Hoey spent 2010 in Double-A and Triple-A, while Jacobson was in Class A.
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