Did you guys know that Derek Jeter is retiring after this season? Boy, that’s really coming up fast. I feel like someone should do something to celebrate his career.
After seeing all the gifts and stops on the farewell tour, eventually the Yankees will have to find someone to replace Jeets at shortstop. Who will it be? Many have speculated that Orioles Gold Glover J.J. Hardy, a free agent after this season, will be targeted to play in the Bronx. Dan Martin of the New York Post even asked Hardy about the possibility of signing with the Yankees.
“Of course I’ve heard it,” Hardy said before Jeter began his final series at Yankee Stadium. “It’s not something I can look into the future and see what’s going to happen. I’ve just got to focus on helping our team right now and obviously the playoff this year. But if it comes to it, I’ll have to think about it more.”
Later on in Martin’s piece he notes that Hardy’s first choice “would be to remain in Baltimore.” Of course, it’s still possible that the O’s lock up Hardy before he ever even hits the open market. It’s also possible that he re-signs in Baltimore as a free agent.
“This is my fourth year here and I feel like this organization, we’re going in the right direction,” Hardy said. “It’s a good group of guys here. It’s something if they came to me, I would listen, also.”
Well, right — of course he would listen. He would have to. He’d be a free agent. The other option would be retiring, which at 32 years old, I’m guessing won’t be an option.
The funny thing is, here in 2014, Baltimore could be a better spot a free agent than New York. I never thought I’d type those words. With the uncertainty of Manny Machado‘s future, I expect Hardy to be back in Baltimore for a few more seasons. It sounds like Hardy would prefer that too.