|Oct. 10 2:52 PM PT3:52 PM MT4:52 PM CT5:52 PM ET17:52 ET21:52 GMT5:52 2:52 PM MST4:52 PM EST5:22 PM VEN1:52 UAE (+1)4:52 PM CT-Hardy can earn $54.8 million over four years in his new contract with the Baltimore Orioles. The shortstop, who could have become a free agent, is guaranteed $40 million over three seasons in Thursday's deal: $11.5 million next year, $12.5 million in 2016 and $14 million in 2017.
Analysis: His agreement includes a $14 million team option for 2018 with a $2 million buyout. The option would become guaranteed if he has 600 plate appearances in 2017 or 1,150 in 2016 and 2017 combined, and if he passes a physical at the end of the 2017 season. Hardy can earn $700,000 annually in performance bonuses: $350,000 each for 125 and 135 games started. The performance bonuses are payable on the July 1 four years after the season in which they are earned.
|Oct. 9 1:29 PM PT2:29 PM MT3:29 PM CT4:29 PM ET16:29 ET20:29 GMT4:29 1:29 PM MST3:29 PM EST3:59 PM VEN0:29 UAE (+1)3:29 PM CT-Hardy says he's close to reaching an agreement on a contract extension.
Analysis: Hardy's current contract expires at the end of this season. He earned $21 million over the past three years. The 32-year-old Hardy batted .268 with nine homers in 141 games this season, then went 3 for 10 in Baltimore's three-game sweep of Detroit in the AL Division Series.
|June 22 11:42 AM PT12:42 PM MT1:42 PM CT2:42 PM ET14:42 ET18:42 GMT2:42 11:42 AM MST1:42 PM EST2:12 PM VEN22:42 UAE1:42 PM CT-Hardy went 2 for 4 with a home run Saturday.
Analysis: Hardy ended a drought of 339 at-bats that dated to last September. "I think it probably is a little bit of a relief. I started to question myself if I ever was going to hit one again," Hardy said. He has a tough matchup Sunday against Yankees stud Masahiro Tanaka.
|May 11 10:32 AM PT11:32 AM MT12:32 PM CT1:32 PM ET13:32 ET17:32 GMT1:32 10:32 AM MST12:32 PM EST1:02 PM VEN21:32 UAE12:32 PM CT-Hardy went 2 for 5 on Saturday.
Analysis: Hardy also scored twice. He's a .265 hitter.
|May 4 12:13 PM PT1:13 PM MT2:13 PM CT3:13 PM ET15:13 ET19:13 GMT3:13 12:13 PM MST2:13 PM EST2:43 PM VEN23:13 UAE2:13 PM CT-Hardy had two hits Saturday.
Analysis: Hardy owns a pedestrian .608 OPS.
|Apr. 7 10:06 PM PT11:06 PM MT12:06 AM CT1:06 AM ET1:06 ET5:06 GMT13:06 10:06 PM MST12:06 AM EST12:36 AM VEN9:06 UAE12:06 AM CT-Hardy returned to action Saturday, going 0 for 5 in a 2-1, 12-inning win over Toronto.
Analysis: Hardy is batting 5 for 20 without an extra-base hit so far this season.