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Why the Baltimore Orioles Would Be Smart to Trade J.J. Hardy
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As the weather continues to surprise us and change from an overwhelming chilly afternoon to a beautiful spring day, the Baltimore Orioles’ winter is dwindling down and spring training is right around the corner.

With that being said, the Birds have added new faces to the mix, but no one has made a huge impact on the team yet.

However, shortstop and fan favorite J.J. Hardy could possibly be the next Oriole on the trading block over the next couple of weeks, and he has been the talk of the town recently.

It has been reported that a number of teams, including the Black and Orange, are interested in the Tigers’ young star Rick Porcello, and the Orioles could be part of a three-way trade that would involve both the Cubs and Tigers according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.

Detroit is interested in Hardy, and Baltimore is interested in acquiring pitching help—whether it is Porcello or prospects from Chicago.

This discussion has been ongoing for about a week now and nothing has come of it. Showalter has stated (via a Kubatko tweet) that the Orioles have to be “overwhelmed” (which is an understatement) in order to let Hardy go.

If they get the right pitching in return (Porcello plus a prospect at least), I think it would be a smart idea to think about trading the 30-year-old Hardy. But, it’s hard to say what type of deal the Birds are willing to accept at this point in the offseason. We’ll see how things play out over the next week or so.

Here are some of my pros and cons for trading the Birds shortstop.

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