The San Diego Padres have signed shortstop Clint Barmes to a one-year deal pending a physical, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirmed the signing. Heyman adds that the deal comes with an option for 2016.
Source: #Padres in agreement with IF Clint Barmes on one-year deal with club option. Pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2014
Barmes hit just .245 with no homers , 7 RBIs, and an OPS of .622 in 48 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Barmes has had a hard time staying healthy the past three years. His best season came in 2009 when he hit .245 with 23 HR and 76 RBI’s with the Colorado Rockies.
The 35-year old is still a good defender at short, and will give San Diego an experienced backup behind 25-year old Alexi Amarista.
The Padres non-tendered Everth Cabrera on Tuesday, so this move also gives the Friars middle-infield depth.