Clint Barmes SS PIT 2 Months

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Friday that Clint Barmes will see time at second base and third base this spring as he prepares for his new utility role.

The Pirates are intent on handing the starting shortstop position to Jordy Mercer for 2014, which shifts the defensive-minded Barmes into a utility role. Since Barmes offered very little with the bat anyways, he can continue to be ignored for fantasy purposes.

Clint Barmes SS PIT 4 Months

Pirates signed SS Clint Barmes to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The slick fielding 34-year-old shortstop will serve as a backup to Jody Mercer in 2014. He's irrelevant in all but the very deepest of NL-only formats.

Clint Barmes SS PIT 4 Months

Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Clint Barmes' new one-year deal with the Pirates is worth $2 million.

Barmes just finished his two-year, $10.5 million deal with the Pirates and will take a paycut to stick around as a utility player. The 34-year-old hit just .211/.249/.309 with five home runs and 23 RBI over 330 plate appearances this past season, but plays quality defense and will serve as a backup to Jordy Mercer in 2014.

Clint Barmes SS PIT 4 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates have re-signed Clint Barmes.

Clint Barmes SS PIT 4 Months

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that the Pirates have kept in touch with shortstop Clint Barmes.

The Pirates are looking for a capable defensive shortstop to pair with Jordy Mercer. Barmes doesn't bring much with the bat, but he consistently rates among baseball's best defensive shortstops year after year.

Clint Barmes SS PIT 6 Months

MLB.com's Tom Singer writes that Pirates general manager Neal Huntington will "push hard" for a new deal with Clint Barmes during the club's five-day exclusivity window.

The Pirates plan to use Jordy Mercer as their regular shortstop next season, but they want to bring back Barmes and his steady defense as insurance. Barmes has hit only .221/.263/.316 the past two seasons for Pittsburgh.

Clint Barmes SS PIT 6 Months

Clint Barmes is starting at shortstop for the Pirates in Monday's NLDS Game 4 against the Cardinals.

That's two starts in a row for Barmes, who is the far better defender than backup shortstop Jordy Mercer. Pittsburgh will be looking to advance to the NLCS with a win over the Cardinals on Monday at PNC Park. The full Bucs lineup: Starling Marte LF, Neil Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Justin Morneau 1B, Marlon Byrd RF, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Russell Martin C, Clint Barmes SS, Charlie Morton SP.

Clint Barmes SS PIT 8 Months

Clint Barmes went 1-for-4 with a home run in Friday's win over the Giants.

Barmes hit a three-run shot off Madison Bumgarner in the seventh inning for his only hit of the night. The 34-year-old is batting .224/.265/.325 over 84 games in a part-time role with the Pirates.

Clint Barmes SS PIT 9 Months

Clint Barmes doubled twice and drove in two runs versus the Cardinals in Monday's rout.

Barmes has been hitting better since he started losing playing time to Jordy Mercer; he's at .298 in 47 at-bats this month. Most likely, it's a temporary spike, but since he is a better defensive shortstop than Mercer, he'll play quite a bit while he's hitting.

Clint Barmes SS PIT 11 Months

Clint Barmes singled and smacked a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Mets.

The light-hitting infielder now has two home runs this season, and they have come against Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey. Barmes can still pick it with the glove, but he shouldn't be owned in mixed league despite occasional spurts of power.