Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy agreed to a three-year, $40 million contract extension Thursday.
Hardy, who had briefly began negotiations on an extension during spring training but ultimately tabled the talks, is in the final season of a three-year, $22 million contract.
After hitting 30, 27 and 28 home runs in his first three seasons with the Orioles, Hardy hit only nine this year, while driving in 52 runs, his lowest total since he played 101 games for the Minnesota Twins in 2010. However, he plays Gold Glove-caliber defense and played fairly well in the Orioles’ three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS, going 3-for-10 with one home run and two RBI.
The Orioles will face the Kansas City Royals, who swept the Los Angeles Angels in the other ALDS matchup, in the ALCS, which begins Friday.
Hardy’s signing leaves Hanley Ramirez, Jed Lowrie and Asdrubal Cabrera as the primary shortstop free agents in this offseason market.