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Minnesota Twins acquire SS J.J. Hardy from Milwaukee

The 27-year-old shortstop had a off year in 2009 which included a short stint in the minors. From AP-

J.J. Hardy has been traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Carlos Gomez.

The teams announced the deal on Friday.

Hardy, a shortstop, hit .229 last season with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs. He had a combined 50 home runs in 2007 and 2008.

He has a career batting average of .262 with 75 home runs and 265 RBIs in 571 games.

Highly regarded prospect Alcides Escobar is expected to be the Brewers’ starting shortstop next season.

Gomez hit .229 with three home runs and 28 RBIs in 2009. He played in 137 games, often as a defensive replacement.

Hardy will is likely to replace Orlando Cabrera who is at present unsigned. If Cabrera remains a Twin, Hardy is likely to be moved to 3rd base.

I think the Twins came out ahead on this trade. Gomez is a run of the mill 4th or 5th outfielder.

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