Pirates Close to Two Year Deal For Barmes

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are the leaders for infield free agent Clint Barmes.  Rosenthal adds that the Giants and Brewers are both involved, and that a two year deal seems likely.

We’ve heard the Pirates and Barmes linked together in the past, although it’s mostly been drawing the line between Barmes wanting a starting shortstop gig and the Pirates having a starting shortstop need.  There’s also been the connection between Barmes and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who managed Barmes for most of his time in Colorado.

The free agent market has been very lucrative for middle infielders this off-season, with a lot of two year deals, and some high prices.  With the prices paid to Jamey Carroll and Mark Ellis, I wouldn’t be surprised if Barmes receives two years and at least $10 M total.  He’s a great defensive shortstop, and his bat would be an upgrade over what the Pirates had with Ronny Cedeno.  I had him as my top shortstop option on the market, outside of Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins, who the Pirates don’t have a chance for.

UPDATE 2:25 PM: Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates are close to a deal for Barmes.

UPDATE 3:37 PM: Heyman reports that he’s hearing the deal will be about $11 M total over two years.

UPDATE 8:52 PM: Another report from Heyman says that Barmes will receive $10.5 M over two years.  Heyman adds that they’re just putting the finishing touches on the deal.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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