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O's in serious talks with Twins on Hardy

A day after trade talks with the Tampa Bay Rays about Jason Bartlett fell apart, the Orioles have made progress in acquiring Minnesota Twins' shortstop J.J. Hardy.

According to a source, the Orioles would acquire Hardy for two minor league pitchers in one of the deals that has been discussed. One name that has been mentioned in the trade talks is is Brett Jacobson, who went 8-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 34 appearances for Single-A Frederick last season.

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Jacobson, a 24-year-old right-handed reliever, was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in Aug. 2009 in the Aubrey Huff deal.

The deal is certainly not a formality but it is clear that the Orioles have moved on for Bartlett and are now focused on trying to get a deal done for Hardy.

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The 28-year-old shortstop hit .268 with six homers and 38 RBIs in 101 games for the Twins last year. His best season came in 2008 when he batted .283 with 24 homers and 74 RBIs in 146 games for the Milwaukee Brewers.

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