Found November 20, 2011 on
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I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I feel about the Pirates signing Clint Barmes to a two year, $10.5 million deal. Barmes figures to be your Bucco shortstop for the next two years (barring any deer meat incidents).
At first, I didn’t really understand why the Pirates wanted Barmes so badly over Ronny Cedeno and his $3 million option. Cedeno is younger and is generally comparable to Barmes – good defense, below average bat. One big difference, though: we saw manager Clint Hurdle express disgust with Cedeno’s famous occasional mental lapses this year. Barmes, meanwhile, played for Hurdle for a few of his best years in Colorado. Is Clint dictating this – not Neal Huntington?
Looking a little closer, though, it’s hard not to call Barmes an upgrade. Not a giant upgrade, but an upgrade. Advanced metrics show that he’s very strong with the glove – as is Cedeno, of course, minus the mental lapses. Barmes has the edge in offense – he’s consistently put up a higher OBP and more home...
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The Pirates are close to signing free-agent shortstop Clint Barmes, according to major-league sources.
Barmes, 32, is expected to receive a two-year deal in the $10 million range.
The Brewers and Giants also had expressed interest in Barmes, who spent last season with the Astros, batting .244/.312/.386.
Barmes, who played for Pirates manager Clint Hurdle in Colorado, would become...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with shortstop Clint Barmes on a two year deal, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. We heard previously that the Pirates were the leaders for Barmes, and were close to signing him. The team hasn’t made an official announcement on the move, although the article mentions that Barmes was taking a physical today, which usually comes...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to pay Clint Barmes $10.5 million to play short stop for them for the next two seasons.
To top that off, the 33-year-old middle infielder gets to reunite with his old manager Clint Hurdle, who he played under during his first seven seasons in the big leagues with the Colorado Rockies, where he enjoyed a World Series title in 2007.
Infielder Clint Barmes told MLB.com that he agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Barmes said he chose the Pirates because they guaranteed him a two-year deal and was able to reunite with manager Clint Hurdle.
“In talking with my agent and talking with the club, they were wanting to make a decision and they...
Clint Barmes and Neal Huntington spoke with the media earlier via conference call about the signing of Barmes to a two year deal, which was made official today. Here are some notes from the call:
On Clint Hurdle:
“A chance to play under (Clint Hurdle) again, and knowing him and playing for him earlier in my career definitely played a part in all this.”
One of the Brewers' potential 2012 shortstops fell off the market Monday when Clint Barmes confirmed he'd chosen a two-year, $10.5 million deal with the Pirates.
Time to catch up on a few deals from the last few days. The Pittsburgh Pirates giving two years and $10.5 million to Clint Barmes was the head-scratc...
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with shortstop Clint Barmes.
The Pirates filled another hole in their defense and continued their aggressive approach to free agency Monday when they agreed to terms with shortstop Clint Barmes.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the signing of Clint Barmes, and have designated catcher Brian Jeroloman for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. You can read my recap of the Barmes deal here. The Pirates claimed Jeroloman on Friday off of waivers from Toronto. If he clears waivers they can outright him to AAA.
Mediocre middle infielders have dominated free agency in the early going. Mark Ellis, Clint Barmes and Jamey Carroll have each signed relatively lucrative multi-year contracts at a time when most teams seek bigger impact players. The run on these defense-first, lighter-hitting infielders means that some teams will need to get creative to fill holes at shortstop or second base.