That didnÆt take long at all. á Just days after missing out on a potential deal for infielder Akinori Iwamura, the Twins made a huge splash by acquiring All-Star shortstop J.J. Hardy from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Carlos Gomez. á Hardy, 27, will immediately take over as MinnesotaÆs starting shortstop and figures to improve the infield defense exponentially and add some right-handed pop to the lineup. á Twins fansùmyself included ùhave been clamoring for the club to make a deal for Hardy since midseason when Hardy lost playing time, and was eventually demoted to Triple-A, in favor of top-prospect Alcides Escobar. á Today, we all got our wish. á Hardy, a second-round draft pick in 2001, is one of the gameÆs best defenders at shortstop and has proven capable o ...
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