"J.J. has had a couple really good years for the team," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Wednesday, "and I think the interest is mutual between he and the Orioles and extending that relationship."
Hardy will be in the final year of a three-year, $22.5-million deal next season if an extension is not worked out during this offseason. He hit .263/.306/.433 with 25 home runs and 76 RBI in 601 at-bats last season, his third straight year with at least 22 home runs.Analysis:
The deal makes sense in the long-term, as shortstop Francisco Lindor is considered one of the best prospects in baseball. Cabrera is coming off a poor season, in which he hit .242/.299/.402 in 508 at-bats. Cabrera's contract is up after this season.Analysis:
Earlier reports suggested that the Rangers were open to dealing Andrus, and in the unlikely event they do trade him, it would open up shortstop for Jurickson Profar, while prospect Rougned Odor would get a chance to start at second base.Analysis:
Bocock split his time between two Triple-A teams last season, hitting .175/.237/.287 with three home runs and nine RBI in 143 at-bats with Syracuse and Indianapolis.Analysis:
Ryan hit .197/.255/.273 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 319 at-bats. Known more for his glove than his bat, he could see plenty of action as a defensive option for the Yankees throughout the length of his deal.Analysis:
"I think that Xander still has some refining of his game," said Lucchino. "He just turned 21 in the postseason. Jackie Bradley, taking you back a few months as to the views of him by experienced baseball people, he's going to have a long and productive career. I feel very confident about them, as confident as you can be with someone at that age and stage."
Bogaerts hit .250/.320/.364 in 44 at-bats last season, but saw his role grow in the postseason, when he picked up 23 plate appearances in six World Series games. Bradley earned a starting spot out of spring training, but hit just .189/.280/.337 in 95 at-bats, and did not factor in the playoffs.
The team has free agents at shortstop and center field, so they may need their young players to step up without a fallback option in 2014.Analysis:
Paullus, 24, had a 3.01 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 38 apperances between low Class A and high Class A last year. Anna, 26, hit .331 with nine homers and an .892 OPS at Triple-A Tucson.Analysis:
Jackson went 0 for 7 in seven appearances with the Cardinals last season while also hitting .278/.352/.346 with three home runs, 34 RBI and nine stolen bases in 442 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis. Ely pitched just four Triple-A innings before undergoing Tommy John surgery. Martinez hit .250/.272/.378 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 296 at-bats with the Astros last season.Analysis:
Harris appeared in 44 games with the Angels, batting .206, and he also spent time with the Rangers' and Yankees' Triple-A affiliates.Analysis:
Jeter missed most of the 2013 season with multiple leg injuries. He turns 40 on June 26 of next year.Analysis: