Buster Olney reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to re-signing shortstop Clint Barmes.


Jon Heyman says the two sides have agreed to terms.


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 be...

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