The Pirates have agreed to terms with Clint Barmes to be their new shortstop, pending a physical, which will take place Monday in Pittsburgh. He will receive two years and $10.5 million.
The debate Pirates fans are having about whether signing Barmes for two years is better than one year of Ronny Cedeno at $2.8 million is one in which it would be easy to look silly, since the bust potential for both players is rather high, and there are good points to be made on both sides. I tend to fall into the Cedeno camp, though. Barmes is a better player than Cedeno, but he’s several years older, so there’s a good chance the second year of this deal will look awful. Also, the Pirates have more pressing needs at first base and in the rotation.
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