Are they hoping to increase his value for a possible midseason trade?
Or do they simply think he’s the best man for the job?
Well, the best possible shortstop theory is logical, but it might be even simpler than that.
Tim Beckham, who played regularly at shortstop after he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays last July 31, made nine errors in 49 games at shortstop over the remainder of the season. That number isn’t off the charts, but it’s pretty clear that Showalter and the O’s were spoiled by the steady performance of J.J. Hardy.
Hardy made more than nine errors in a full season only twice in his seven years with the club and he made everything look totally effortless. Beckham is a terrific athlete, but he still was a work in progress at short five years into his major league career.