The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Monday that they have signed shortstop Clint Barmes to a two-year deal worth $10.5 million.
The deal reunites 33-year-old Barmes with manager Cliff Hurdle, who managed Barmes with the Rockies from 2003 to 2009. That and the two year deal were the main reasons Barmes wanted to come to the Pirates who haven’t had a winning record in nearly two decades. “I’m pleased to be back with Clint Hurdle and to play with him again,” said Barmes. “That’s why we made the deal when we did … The deal that the Pirates were offering — the guaranteed two years at shortstop — it was hard to pass up.”
The Pirates decided not to exercise a $3 million option on last year’s shortstop, Ronny Cedeno. They liked free-agent shortstops Jose Reyes and jimmy Rollins better than Barmes, but realized they didn’t have nearly enough money to throw at either of them to make them even consider coming to Pittsburgh.