Let’s continue with looking at players who are most likely on the trade block and were they may be playing by August 1st. Today we are going to focus on shortstop Clint Barmes.
Batting Average: .253 (hitting .309 in July)
Home Runs: 5 (but two in July)
RBI: 18 (but 5 in July)
Slugging Percentage: .384 (but .473 in July)
As you can see, his numbers are not very impressive for season totals but he has turned it on a bit in July. He has dealt with the left hand injury to start the season and I think he is just starting to get full strength back in that hand.
What he brings to the table?
He is a veteran shortstop who has shown to be more than capable at the plate, adding a little power at times. He can play multiple positions, as he has experience both at shortstop and second base. He could also provide a veteran presence to the right team.
Where might he end up?
Before yesterday, I thought Barmes would possibly go to a team like Minnesota, who is on the fence of buyers or sellers, but have a need for a shortstop. He also wouldn’t cost too much to acquire him. That all changed when Stephen Drew went down with a season ending ankle injury last night and if Ed Wade has not been burning up their phone lines, he isn’t doing his job. The Diamondbacks currently are only 4.5 games back and are in serious need for a shortstop. This is a team that might overspend for Barmes because options are limited for middle infielders and could really work out in the Astros favor.