Clint Barmes will be returning to Pittsburgh. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
There were a lot of people who didn't like Barmes being on the team the last two years. Some of that had to do with his salary, which ended up being more than he was worth. Some of that had to do with a lack in trust in advanced defensive metrics, which grade him highly. Barmes does have value, especially to a team like the Pirates who prioritize ground ball pitchers and defensive shifts.
Over the last three years, he has graded as the best defensive shortstop in the majors, according to UZR. He doesn't do anything with the bat, but his defensive value makes him worth bringing back as a bench player. He also has value as a starter whe...
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