Free Agent Stock Watch: Clint Barmes

Clint Barmes ranks eighth among all free agent position players in FanGraphs' wins above replacement for 2011, after Jimmy Rollins and Aramis Ramirez but before Michael Cuddyer and Marco Scutaro.  Not bad for a guy I considered a non-tender candidate a year ago.

Barmes

Barmes (pictured) ended up a bright spot for the Astros, mainly because he was able to play a capable shortstop for a thousand innings.  That's where most of the WAR value comes from, rather than Barmes' .244/.312/.386 batting line.  He played 123 games for the Astros, missing most of April due to a broken bone in his hand.

Credit the Astros for recognizing Barmes' value as a shortstop, a position he hadn't played regularly for Colorado once Troy Tulowitzki arrived.  Barmes has said he'd like to return to the Astros, but GM Ed Wade isn't sure if the team's economic environment will allow it.

Omar Infante's two-year, $8MM extension with the Marlins seems a fair comparable for Barmes and the Astros.  The Astros should at least offer arbitration to Barmes, assuming our projection that he just barely made the cut for Type B status is accurate.  Above-average shortstops are hard to come by on the open market, though at least two others will be available in free agency this winter in Jose Reyes and Rollins.  If the Astros fail to sign Barmes, he could be a more affordable alternative for the Twins, Braves, Phillies, Brewers, Pirates, Cardinals, or Giants.      

Photo courtesy of Icon SMI.


15 Responses to Free Agent Stock Watch: Clint Barmes Leave a Reply

  1. I wonder if he would consider playing 2nd base on a full time basis?

  2. scottz0113 4 years ago

    2 years at $4MM per? Sounds like a Minnesota Twins special.

  3. Casor_Greener 4 years ago

    WOW, the fact that he is 8th best player on the market really means this is a crappy market.

    I’m not saying he sucks but from what I’ve observed here in Houston, he is the picture of mediocrity.  Hard to shine on a crappy team I guess..

  4. M Jay 4 years ago

    Clint Barmes is beloved by managers for his attitude and approach more than anything. He is acceptable offensively if surrounded by plus-talent. He is not going to win many games for you with the bat. Barmes is best suited as a quality part-time starter as a utility man.

    • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

      Edited by a moderator? Does that mean you had the worst grammar of all time and they had to fix it for you?

    • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

      Edited by a moderator? Does that mean you had the worst grammar of all time and they had to fix it for you?

  5. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Pass.

  6. BWillie 4 years ago

    Enjoyed watching Barmes play this year.  He was a steady player on an unsteady ballclub.  I’d take him back ASAP and worry about the other 8 positions (or 24).

  7. He really is one of the best defensive SS in baseball… what sets him
    apart, imo, is his quick exchange from glove to hand, and then a
    somewhat-better-than-average arm.

  8. A player much like Sea Bass, but with some added upside. And he tends to
    hit much better with runners on, if you put any stock in situational
    stats…I just remember him struggling like heck with the bases empty
    and dropping doubles any time someone was on when he played with the
    Rockies.

    Would love to have him on the Braves. At least a slight upgrade in all
    facets. I’d start w/ 2 years for $6-7MM and see and move from there.

    -C

  9. 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago

    hey clint! we need a second baseman not named mark ellis, chris nelson, eric young, johnny herrera

    sincerely, rockies fan

  10. 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago

    hey clint! we need a second baseman not named mark ellis, chris nelson, eric young, johnny herrera

    sincerely, rockies fan

  11. Andy Patton 4 years ago

    Tigers option at second base? God knows Raburn and injury prone guillen and Santiago aren’t the answer. worth a shot

  12. Well, his defense itself accounts for about 27% of the value.  More than anything, WAR credits him this year for just being on the field, at least that’s my understanding of the Replacement component.

  13. Casor_Greener 4 years ago

    I gotcha. He’s just 8th best based on 2011 performance. Still, it must have been some crappy years for these other free agents.

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