Hardy on edge as Meetings begin
Shortstop hopes to remain with Brewers despite trade rumors
LAS VEGAS -- Brewers shortstop J.J. Hardy had a message for general manager Doug Melvin & Co. as Milwaukee's contingent prepared to stroll the lobby of the Bellagio this week:Please don't trade me. "I want to be a Brewer," Hardy said from his Tempe, Ariz., home. "If something happens, then I'll deal with that, but I've always wanted to be a Brewer." Hardy would be happy to read published comments from Melvin on Sunday indicating he wants his shortstop to stay put. But Hardy nonetheless figures to see his name in print beginning Monday, when the baseball world converges in Las Vegas for the wheeling and dealing -- and the rumor mongering -- that dominates the annual Winter Meetings. The Brewers arrived in Vegas in something of a holding pattern, waiting for word from representatives of free-agent pitcher CC Sabathia as to whether Milwaukee's bid to retain the left-hander -- reportedly five years and $100 million -- was good enough. That answer will help dictate the rest of the offseason for a team that needs a quality starting pitcher if Sabathia moves on, plus left-handed bats and a reliever or two -- possibly a closer -- regardless of Sabathia's decision.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.