Baltimore Orioles: Five Reasons Extension of J.J. Hardy Is a Good Move

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Baltimore Orioles: Five Reasons Extension of J.J. Hardy Is a Good Move
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The Baltimore Orioles signed shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $22-million extension this weekend. 

The deal ends speculation that Hardy would be traded by the Orioles to a contender at the deadline. 

Hardy is currently hitting .281 with 14 home runs and 37 RBI and has given the team much-needed production out of the leadoff spot with Brian Roberts injured. 

The Hardy signing is a good move for the Orioles.  Here are five reasons why.

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