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The Braves may be interested in Clint Barmes. Why? I have no idea

Aug 16, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves may be interested in Rockies’ second baseman Clint Barmes and could either claim him or trade for him if Colorado places him on waivers.

Which kind of makes no sense to me. The thinking would be that Barmes would play second, allowing Martin Prado to cover third base now that Chipper Jones is out.  Nowhere in Rosenthal’s reports is it mentioned that Omar Infante is better than Barmes and should be keep getting penciled into the lineup unless and until he stops hitting and, once he stops hitting, should be penciled into the lineup to see if he starts hitting again. And if he falters, the Braves should give more time to Brooks Conrad.

No, neither Infante nor Conrad are super heroes. But they’re certainly better than Clint Barmes.  And really: the Braves have more pressing problems.

  1. Trevor B - Aug 16, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Come on Craig, they want Barmes for the same reason Texas wanted Christian Guzman, who isn’t much better himself. You know the answer to this. :-)

  2. JimmyY - Aug 16, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Here we go, little Craig playing GM for the Braves again.

  3. The Rabbit - Aug 16, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Agree with you completely regarding the Braves and its infield.
    Barmes doesn’t completely suck. He has some very impressive hitting streaks; unfortunately, they don’t happen often enough to make him useful to the Braves or the Rockies. IMHO, The Rockies would be better offensively (Not sure about defensively) playing Herrera at 2nd. He was more than adequate as a replacement while Tulo was on the DL.

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