5) J.J. Hardy (Baltimore Orioles)
The Baltimore Orioles showed this season how important J.J. Hardy is to their future roster plans.
With rumors swirling that Hardy was destined to leave Baltimore during the 2015 free agency period, the Orioles made sure they signed Hardy before he had a chance to hit the open market.
Even though his power numbers went drastically down in 2014, Hardy still had a very productive season, helping the Orioles capture the American League East Title. Along with his offensive production, Hardy has also been a strength on defense, bringing home the Gold Glove Award each of the last three seasons. The combination of his offensive skills and defensive ability are very rare, which makes Hardy a top 5 shortstop in this league.