Clint Barmes SS PIT 3 Days
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 1 Month
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 2 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 4 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 5 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 7 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.
Clint Barmes SS PIT 8 Months
Clint Barmes went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, leaving him 2-for-23 this season.
Barmes still offers one of the steadiest gloves in the business, but it probably doesn't make up for his bat any longer. He's yet to drive in a run, and he's scored just once in nine games this season. Last year, he came in at an abysmal .229/.272/.321 in 455 at-bats.
Clint Barmes SS PIT Aug 12 '12
Clint Barmes hit his first career grand slam Sunday, helping the Pirates erase a 5-0 deficit in their 11-5 win over the Padres.
He finished his afternoon 2-for-5. Barmes' fateful blast came off Ross Ohlendorf in the fourth, and turned a 5-2 deficit into a 6-5 lead. Barmes' sixth home run of the season was his second since the All-Star break. The big afternoon doesn't change the fact that Barmes was one of last offseason's worst free agent signings. With 48 games to go, Barmes is hitting .217/.244/.314.
Clint Barmes SS PIT May 09 '12
Clint Barmes is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Wednesday against the Nationals.
Barmes went 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Tuesday and is now hitting just .159/.196/.307 across 94 plate appearances, so he could probably use the breather. Josh Harrison will start in his place at shortstop Wednesday and bat eighth against left-hander Ross Detwiler. Rod Barajas, who hit a walkoff homer Tuesday, slides up to the seventh spot.
Clint Barmes SS PIT May 04 '12
Clint Barmes went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Cardinals.
Both hits were doubles, giving him six on the season. He also committed his sixth error at shortstop. Despite batting only .173, he is showing some signs of life, and the Pirates have little choice but to remain patient with their big offseason signee.