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As the Milwaukee Brewers look toward a long off-season filled with projects, one objective that will have priority is their effort to trade 27-year-old shortstop J.J. Hardy. Hardy, just two years removed from a 2007 National League All-Star selection, watched his production and value to the club drop sharply in 2009. After a 2008 campaign in which he batted .283/.343/.478, and saved the Brewers 16 runs with his glove alone, Hardy sank into futility as the season wore on. Milwaukee replaced him in a full-time starting role with top prospect Alcides Escobar, and Hardy saw just 75 plate appearances from Aug. 1 on. With injured Rickie Weeks returning to man second base next season, and Escobar now firmly entrenched (he will be just 23 years old next season, and hit .304 in 38 games with the pa ...

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