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 Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Very, very dependable. Very solid. He’s going to make our third baseman better, our second baseman better. He’s going to make our staff better. He’s very active, and very vocal in the diamond."

"Clint is outstanding at shortstop back there. You know he’s going to make some good plays for you," added right-hander Kevin Correia, who is known f...

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