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Barmes deal makes no sense for Bucs

Updated: November 21, 2011, 3:35 PM ET
By Keith Law

Time to catch up on a few deals from the last few days.

The Pittsburgh Pirates giving two years and $10.5 million to Clint Barmes was the head-scratcher of the week, as Pirates fans must have felt like they were being haunted by the ghost of Pat Meares.

Barmes can play an average shortstop, for now, but his at-bats are arguments for nihilism. Barmes spent all of his career prior to 2011 with the Colorado Rockies, then spent a year at the Houston Astros' Minute Maid Park, a good park for right-handed hitters.

Removing his nine intentional walks -- and really, the managers who saw fit to walk Barmes should be sent back to Remedial Managing 101 -- Barmes has a career road line of .230/.272/.361. And at 33 years old in 2012, he's much more likely to get worse on offense and defense than he is to get better. I wouldn't want to give him a spot on the 40-man roster, let alone guarantee him over $10 million for two seasons of outs. The Pirates declined a one-year, $3 million option on Ronny Cedeno; even if they think Barmes will be better in 2012 than Cedeno (I disagree), they would have been better off with the shorter, less expensive commitment.


The Minnesota Twins signed Ryan Doumit to a one-year, $3 million deal over the weekend, and that represents great value for the money. Doumit, who was No. 29 in my free-agent rankings, has shown that he can hit when he's healthy, and the Twins are so sufficiently starved for offense that he's a great addition if they can keep him on the field. But there's a significant unanswered question about where he'll play; if they believe he's a backup or time-sharing partner for Joe Mauer, I'm afraid they won't get the value they're expecting.

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