BOSTON –- During spring training, J.J. Hardy said he hoped the Orioles would talk with his agent about a contract extension. Nearly two months later, there’s been no talk, and it perplexes the shortstop.
“I don’t know. I don’t know what to say because no matter what I say it’s going to cause some controversy, a story that I really don’t want to get involved with right now,” Hardy said. “There’s been no talk. There was going to be talk, and then there wasn’t. That’s kind of the way it’s been left.”
Hardy, who has made no secret of his hope to remain with the Orioles, is hopeful there will be talks.
“It just makes me curious. I don’t understand what happened within the month or two that there was going to be talk, and all of a sudden there’s not. It just makes me curious,” Hardy said.
In July 2011, Hardy signed a three-year contract extension with the Orioles. Many players don’t want to engage in contract talks once the regular season begins.
“That would be ideal, for sure. Obviously, that’s not the situation, but that would have been ideal,” Hardy said.
Hardy has missed six games with back spasms, and in his first 10 games, he’s batting .244 with no home runs and three RBIs.
“I don’t feel like I’m off to any different kind of start, other than missing six games,” Hardy said. “That’s frustrating to me, that I missed those games with the back spasms that came out of nowhere. It’s getting back to normal.”