Clint Barmes signs with Pirates

According to several reports on twitter from several baseball experts, free agent Clint Barmes is close to agreeing to a two year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last year with the Astros, Barmes slugged 12 home runs, drove in 39 runs and batted .244. He is a defensive whiz and with no obvious replacement in Houston, he will be missed. Terms of the proposed deal have not been disclosed.

I was never a fan of re-signing Barmes, but that was due largely to the fact that he was labeled as a Type B free agent and if he were to leave, the Astros would receive a compensatory first round pick in the upcoming 2012 draft. In my opinion, another draft pick is far more valuable to a franchise in desperate need of additional picks, than a 32 year old shortstop. However, rumors have swirled that, among other things being negotiated in the new CBA, taking away Type B free agents is one of them. If this is true, the Astros will lose Barmes for nothing and will have a gaping hole at shortstop as no one in the minor league system is ready for the big leagues yet.  More on this to come, as it becomes available.

Update: Its a done deal. Barmes and the Pirates have reached an agreement on a two year deal worth $10.5 mil. Barmes will fly to Pittsburgh today to take his physical. Due to Barmes being a Type B free agent, the Astros will receive a supplemental first round pick, which given the Astros record, will be the first pick of the compensatory round.

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  • Stroscrow

    Hopefully type b status remains unchanged.

  • Stroscrow

    Hopefully type b status remains unchanged.

  • astrosince1975

    The Commissioner has stated that if the rule is changed it will not affect this year’s draft.

  • BHam2421

    @astrosince1975 Excellent! That would give us the first pick in the compensatory round as well.

  • astrosince1975

    The Commissioner has stated that if the rule is changed it will not affect this year’s draft.

    • BHam2421

      @astrosince1975 Excellent! That would give us the first pick in the compensatory round as well.

    • Stroscrow

      Do you have a link for that. I’m not doubting you I just hadn’t heard it yet and would be interested in reading in detail about it.

      • astrosince1975

        @Stroscrow I saw it Thursday on MLB.com interview with Selig. I tried to find it today but couldn’t..

        • Stroscrow

          @astrosince1975

          Okay, thanks. I will look for it. Since that’s the case than I would hope that Crane, George, and whoever else are running the team goes overslot often to bring in as much talent as possible.

  • LEXthePEX

    I grew to appreciate Clint as the season went on but I don’t like this move for Pittsburgh. With the Cards, Brew Crew and Reds battling out for the division, they won’t get the same value out of him that other contenders could. He would be fantastic in SF, STL or Atlanta.

  • LEXthePEX

    I grew to appreciate Clint as the season went on but I don’t like this move for Pittsburgh. With the Cards, Brew Crew and Reds battling out for the division, they won’t get the same value out of him that other contenders could. He would be fantastic in SF, STL or Atlanta.

  • http://calltothepen.com/ SorianoJoe

    5.5 million a year is a pretty good deal for somebody who was so popular in free agency. It’s because he is a shortstop who plays beast D and has positional versatility because of that. He’s about a 2 WAR player, and that’s reflect by his 2.03 Marcel projected WAR. You’re never going to get much offense out of him, although a 94 wRC+ isn’t really that bad. Well-written article, and I hope you check out some of my posts on Call to the Pen. If he does sign with the Pirates, it is a good deal overall for a guy who would usually be worth 7-8 million a year.

  • http://calltothepen.com/ SorianoJoe

    5.5 million a year is a pretty good deal for somebody who was so popular in free agency. It’s because he is a shortstop who plays beast D and has positional versatility because of that. He’s about a 2 WAR player, and that’s reflect by his 2.03 Marcel projected WAR. You’re never going to get much offense out of him, although a 94 wRC+ isn’t really that bad. Well-written article, and I hope you check out some of my posts on Call to the Pen. If he does sign with the Pirates, it is a good deal overall for a guy who would usually be worth 7-8 million a year.

  • Stroscrow

    Do you have a link for that. I’m not doubting you I just hadn’t heard it yet and would be interested in reading in detail about it.

  • astrosince1975

    @Stroscrow I saw it Thursday on MLB.com interview with Selig. I tried to find it today but couldn’t..

  • Stroscrow

    @astrosince1975

    Okay, thanks. I will look for it. Since that’s the case than I would hope that Crane, George, and whoever else are running the team goes overslot often to bring in as much talent as possible.