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 before the announcement.
In the article by McTaggart, Barmes is quoted as saying he signed with the Pirates because they offered him two years, and because it gave him the chance to reunite with Clint Hurdle. He also added that the Pirates wanted to make a decision on their shortstop position, and had other guys lined up behind Barmes, with the former Astros and Rockies shortstop being the top choice.
Barmes has been one of the better defensive shortstops in the league the last few years, and his strong performance ranges almost every defensive metric. His UZR/150 at shortstop in 2011 was a 10.8 in 1058...
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