Alcides Escobar

Tim Beckham's model at shortstop is J.J. Hardy, the player he's likely to replace for Orioles

Tim Beckham's model at shortstop is J.J. Hardy, the player he's likely to replace for Orioles

With the addition of Tim Beckham at the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, the future of the Orioles’ shortstop position is no longer the question mark it was.

While it’s unclear how playing time will be split once shortstop J.J. Hardy returns from a broken right wrist in the next few weeks, Hardy could become a free agent with the Orioles unlikely to pick up his $14 million option for next season while the 27-year-old Beckham is under team control for the next three years.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told Hardy the job will remain his when he returns from the disabled list, but Beckham’s bat had been scalding since his arrival in...

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