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.
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.