The Twins acquired shortstop J.J. Hardy for center fielder Carlos Gomez, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
If this happens, it is a great move for the Twinkies. It unpacks the outfield surplus and gets a better glove than O-Cab.
Hardy had 4 years service time coming into this year, and was sent down for part of the year. B/c he has < 5 years service time, he has 2 more years of arbitration, I think. He was on a 1 year, $4.65 contract. since he had a stinky year and the market has corrected, I'd think his max pay would be $5.5m or less. Maybe $4.5m if the Twins come in at that number. That's may even be less than O-Cab gets. If he gets back to his past offense, then this is really nice. Gomez was nothing but surplus.
It'll also be interesting to see whether Cabrera ends up on of those late signers again this year. his defense has declined to about average or a little below (using total zone on Baseball-Reference and Revised zone rating per Hardball times), while he's no longer an above average offensive shortstop.