We're seeing several signs that the Twins may be on the verge of trading J.J. Hardy to the Baltimore Orioles. A little past 1 p.m., Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweeted the two teams were in serious discussions regarding the Twins' shortstop. Originally, Connolly said the teams were discussing two minor league pitchers in the Orioles organization, one of which is Brett Jacobson.
Soon after, Kelsie Smith of the Pioneer Press confirmed the Twins and Orioles are discussing Hardy, but added that the players being sent to Minnesota "have not been defined."
Here's what we know: the two teams are talking. We still have no confirmation about the Orioles players involved.
We'll keep the Hardy updates posted here. Personally, I'm reserving judgment until a deal is made.
UPDATE #2 (4:30 p.m.): Kelsie Smith has a couple quotes from Bill Smith related to the Hardy situation. B-Smith said Nishioka would be a "good addition" to the Twins organization, but that he is an "independent piece" and the Twins may keep all three of Casilla, Hardy, and Nishioka. K-Smith doubts it.
Britt Ghiroli, an Orioles beat writer, says that talks between Minnesota and Baltimore for Hardy "were never close". Perhaps the gun was jumped, if only slightly. While the Twins have done all but come out and say they'll trade their shortstop, the Rays have done just that, saying they will be trading Jason Bartlett. This may lessen interest in Hardy, depending on who Baltimore and Pittsburgh like more.