Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy laughs during batting practice for the American League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Baltimore. The Orioles will play Kansas City Royals starting Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Alex Brandon
October 11, 2014
Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy laughs during batting practice for the American League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Baltimore. The Orioles will play Kansas City Royals starting Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Alex Brandon

BALTIMORE (AP) J.J. 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.

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.

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