O's decline options for Hardy, Miley

O's decline options for Hardy, Miley

The Orioles declined team options for shortstop J.J. Hardy and left-hander Wade Miley, the team announced on Friday.

Hardy had a $14 million option with a $2 million buyout, while Miley had a $12 million option with a $500,000 buyout. Both players are now free agents.

The move ends Hardy's seven-year tenure in Baltimore, during which he won three Gold Glove Awards and a Silver Slugger Award and was elected to the All-Star Game in 2013. However, he only hit .217 this past season and missed nearly three months with a right wrist fracture.

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The Orioles acquired Tim Beckham at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and Beckham took Hardy's starting shortstop role and ran with it. Beckham started his Orioles career with a 12-game hitting streak -- batting .531 during that span -- and hit .306 overall with the team in 50 games.

"You think of J.J., you think about the word 'efficient.' Trustworthy. Impactful to his teammates. We're very lucky to have had him pass our way," manager Buck Showalter said near the end of the season. "The great compliment, [vice president of baseball operations] Brady [Anderson] and I were talking about him, that he's probably the only guy I've ever seen that reminds you of Cal [Ripken Jr.] at shortstop, defensively. They were able to get the balls with their brains as well as their hands."

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Miley, 30, has had an up-and-down stint in Baltimore since the team acquired him from Seattle at the 2016 Trade Deadline. He held a 5.75 ERA with 197 strikeouts over 211 1/3 innings and struggled with walks -- his 12.8 percent walk rate in '17 was worst among starters with at least 150 innings.

With Miley's option declined and Chris Tillman, Jeremy Hellickson and Ubaldo Jimenez hitting free agency, the Orioles only have two full-time starters returning: right-handers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. The team will likely address the rotation in the offseason, although Gabriel Ynoa, Alec Asher and Miguel Castro remain internal options.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. Follow him on Twitter at @benweinrib. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.