Padres Acquire IF Clint Barmes; Posit 1-Year Deal
Almost immediately following the release of Padres Shortstop Everth Cabrera, it appears that the team may have acquired a new piece to the puzzle. According to Fox Sports’ Ken Roesenthal, the San Diego Padres have agreed to a 1-year deal with free agent infielder Clint Barmes. The agreement, if official, also comes with a club option.
Barmes, a 35-year old veteran who made his Major League debut back in 2003 with the Colorado Rockies, spent the 2014 campaign with the Pittsburgh Pirates as the backup to starting shortstop Jody Mercer. 2014 was an improvement for Barmes, however, since he posted a .245/.328/.294 in 48 games as opposed to his 2013 line of .211/.249/.309 in 108 games.
Most notably, Barmes finished 8th in the Rookie-of-the-Year voting back in 2005 when he posted a .289/.330/.434 line with 10 homeruns and 46 RBI.
Over his 12 year career in the majors, Barmes has a career line of .246/.295/.380 with 86 homeruns and 399 RBI. Although not known for his offensive prowess, Barmes has been a reliable middle-infielder posting a career .971 fielding percentage at Shortstop over 12 seasons and a .983 fielding percentage at Second base over 7 seasons.
In addition to having 12 years of major league service under his belt, Barmes has appeared in the postseason for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies. Although Barmes faltered in 2009 with the Rockies organization, he improved in 2013 with the Pirates posting a combined .272 average over 6 games in the Postseason.
While it’s unlikely that Barmes will be the starting Shortstop for the Padres in 2015, it is possible that Barmes will serve as a reliable back up at the position, much like he has done in Pittsburgh.
Although the announcement has not yet been made official by the club, should Barmes pass a team-physical, it appears that the veteran Shortstop will be making his way to America’s Finest City next season.