Pirates Notebook: Barajas, Barmes Defense Helping Club

BRADENTON, Fla. — Over the offseason, the Pirates were looking to upgrade their defense both at shortstop and behind the plate. Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas signed with Pittsburgh, and so far this spring they have made the staff better. Barmes, 33, signed a two-year deal in November. Since 2003, Barmes has posted a 7.2 career UZR/150 at shortstop in over 3700 innings. “Barmes is just a dependable defender,” Pirates...

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Updated Value of a Win & How It Relates to Andrew McCutchen

A recent piece on Fangraphs re-establishes the value of the cost per win on the free agent market. How does this affect the decision by the Pirates this past off-season and going forward with Andrew McCutchen?

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Interviews from Piratefest – Clint Barmes and Chris Resop

Pirates Prospects and other blogs were able to interview Pirate players and front office people last night at Piratefest. These are the highlights from Clint Barmes and Chris Resop.

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Where Can the Pirates Add An Impact Player?

With the signing of Clint Barmes this past week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their second move to upgrade the 2012 team from the team we saw in 2011.  But if you’re expecting a huge upgrade, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Anyone who takes a look at the available options at catcher and shortstop knows the positions are thin.  In fact, anyone who looks at the actual positions will realize that it’s not just...

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Clint Barmes Conference Call Notes

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: Clint Barmes 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...

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