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."
On playing shortstop:
"If I can choose, I'd definitely want to play short over second base."
On defense and defensive metrics:
"I can't say that I've paid a whole lot of attention to (defensive metrics), I really don't understand how they figure all of that stuff in or how they add it all up."
"I obviously wouldn't be where I'm at without my glove and with what I've done defensively."
How Many Other Concrete Offers:
"I can't say very many. My agent had talked to a few teams...a lot of those teams were looking at more of a one year deal, and a couple of them were at second base. This deal that the...
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