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For Clint Barmes a .656 OPS in 2010 equals $4 million for 2011

Jan 18, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

Clint Barmes

Among the many reasons why Houston trading for Clint Barmes two months ago struck me as a misguided move is that he was in line for a sizable salary via arbitration and … well, he just isn’t very good.

Sure enough, today the Astros avoided arbitration with Barmes by signing him to a one-year deal worth $3.925 million, which is pretty crazy for someone who hit .236 with a .656 OPS last season and has a measly .704 career OPS despite calling Coors Field home for eight years.

Barmes has been horrendous on the road throughout his career, hitting just .224 with a ghastly .266 on-base percentage and .352 slugging percentage. And we’re not talking about some small sample of playing time here. He’s logged 1,264 awful plate appearances away from Planet Coors.

He’s a good defender at either middle infield spot and the Astros were in need of a shortstop, but Barmes’ bat is utility man-caliber at best and making a trade for the right to pay him $4 million this season is all kinds of wrong.

  1. BC - Jan 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    OK. I’ll be the first one to throw a WTF up there. Or (for you Eddie Murphy fans) a WTFGGG?
    I’m certain I could hit .0236. Anyone going to sign me for $392,500?
    Ugh.

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