The Orioles have acquired 28-year old righty swinging shortstop J.J. Hardy, 30-year old righty swinging infielder Brendan Harris and $500K from the Twins for 27-year old righty reliever Jim Hoey and 24-year old righty reliever Brett Jacobson. Hardy played in 101 games for the Twins last season and he was 91 of 340 (.268 avg, .714 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 6 hoimers and 38 RBIs. He has now played in 672 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 634 of 2,415 (.263 avg, .746 OPS) with 323 runs scored, 81 homers and 303 RBIs. Brendan Harris played in 43 games for the Twins last season and he was 17 of 108 (.157 avg, .446 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. Harris has now played in 485 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 412 of 1,587 (.260 avg, .701 OPS) with 194 runs scored, 29 homers, 158 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.
Jim Hoey pitched in 42 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the O’s last season and he was 6-0 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. But, Hoey never pitched well for the O’s. He pitched in 35 games (0 starts) in parts of two years with the Orioles and he was 3-5 with a 8.13 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Brett Jacobson came into last season as the Orioles’ #16 ranked prospect according to Baseball America. Jacobson pitched in 34 games (0 starts) in A-ball last season and he was 8-1 with 1 save, a 2.79 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. He pitched in 97 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he was 12-8 with 8 saves, a 3.09 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
I really like this deal as the Orioles have now rebuilt the left side of their infield with Hardy and Reynolds.