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Pirates re-sign Clint Barmes

Dec 12, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

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Clint Barmes has had back-to-back terrible seasons for the Pirates, hitting a combined .221 with a .579 OPS in 252 games, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Pittsburgh has re-signed the 35-year-old shortstop for $2 million.

Obviously the Pirates like Barmes for his defense, which has always been strong, although at age 35 that’s never a sure thing to remain the case. And he’s been a truly awful hitter, ranking 259th out of 260 in OPS among players with at least 600 plate appearances during the past two seasons, ahead of only Brendan Ryan.

Presumably the Pirates will cut back his playing time and give Jordy Mercer more action at shortstop, moving Barmes into more of a utility man role.

  1. stex52 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    You would think. I love good defense, but he strains the value of it.

  2. prosourcetalk - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Goddamnit. This is all Hurdle. He’s been love blind with Barmes since their days in Colorado together.

  3. ejheim62 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    ugh. Think the second coming of Jack Wilson. Great leather, toothpick for a bat. Granted, I wasn’t hoping for the second coming of Cal Ripken, but jeez…shortstop’s a black hole in Pittsburgh as far as hitting goes these days. Give someone else a chance.

  4. beefytrout - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    he doesn’t appear to be paying attention to the ball in this picture, however…

  5. davidbrentfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Securing one of baseball’s top tier shortstops is always a smart move…

    • babyfarkmcgeezax - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      It’s not quite as smart as free love on the Free Love Freeway

      • davidbrentfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        True.

    • drone501 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      he’s going to backup jody mercer my sources tell me.

  6. steelers88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Don’t stop Believen!

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