Red Sox Could Be Pursuing J.J. Hardy


Aug 10, 2009

Red Sox Could Be Pursuing J.J. Hardy Jed Lowrie's unexpected setback and subsequent trip to the disabled list have left the Red Sox once again with a shortstop problem. Last week's signing of Chris Woodward hardly set the team up for a championship run, so it's hard to imagine Theo Epstein not making another move for a shortstop via waivers.

The Red Sox reportedly placed a claim on Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman, but they could also be seeking J.J. Hardy of the Brewers, according to (subscription).

According to the report, the 26-year-old Hardy has yet to clear waivers, and the Red Sox could be interested. The Brewers and Red Sox reportedly talked before the trade deadline about Hardy, but, according to the report, had a disagreement over his value.

Hardy has a career batting average of .262. From 2007-08, he averaged 25 home runs and 77 RBIs per season. This year, he's batting .228 with 11 homers and 45 RBIs. He is making $4.65 million this season and is eligible for arbitration.

By comparison, Guzman, 31, is a career .274 hitter, averaging roughly six homers and 43 RBIs a season. Guzman makes $8 million a year and is signed through the 2010 season.

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