37-Year-Old Shortstop – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Clint Barmes in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Clint Barmes Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with the Royals in April of 2016.
Barmes opted out of his minor league contract with the Royals on Monday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Clint Barmes.
Barmes was brought in by the Padres last offseason to help bolster the middle infield, but his diminishing range and ability in the field made it impossible to overlook his lack of offensive contributions. The Padres declined to pick up the second year on Barmes' deal, making the 36-year-old a free agent this winter. The veteran infielder hasn't batted over .250 since 2008 when he was in his prime as a member of the Rockies, and the advanced metrics at the plate from his 2015 season do not provide much reason for optimism regarding a turnaround. He drew walks in just 4.5 percent of his plate appearances in 2015 while fanning in 24.6 percent of those chances, which helped lead to an unplayable .281 on-base percentage. Whether or not he signs on with a team for 2016 remains to be seen, but the soon-to-be 37-year-old's days as a fantasy option have likely come to an end.
Barmes batted .245/.328/.294 in 116 plate appearances in 2014, but Jordy Mercer's continued development at shortstop and Barmes's nagging groin injury limited him to just 48 games. His 17.6 UZR/150 continues to keep him in the majors -- even at age 36 -- but Barmes's days as a fantasy producer have long since passed. The infielder topped out with 23 homers and 76 RBI for the Rockies in 2009 and has been in offensive decline ever since. He signed with the Padres in the offseason and may very well take over the starting job at shortstop, but playing time alone won't be enough to put him back on the radar.
With 8.9 UZR and 14.2 UZR/150 ratings in 2013, Barmes would be the perfect shortstop in fantasy leagues counting fielding categories. Unfortunately, the days of double-digit homers have long passed, leaving the shortstop largely a sinkhole across most standard offensive categories. These days, Barmes projects more as a punchless backup who adds value on defense but doesn't help fantasy teams. He hit .211/.249/.309 with five homers and 23 RBI in 304 at-bats with the Pirates last season. The more he plays, the more his poor fantasy numbers will hurt owners, who would be better served by the Pirates giving the full-time shortstop job to Jordy Mercer to save them the hassle of hanging onto Barmes.
Barmes hit .271 in his final 50 games of 2012 to raise, that's right raise, his season mark to a measly .229. He was a disappointment at the plate and has yet another season left on a two-year, $10.5 million deal. As a result, the Pirates continue to write his name in the eighth spot. At 34, he plays steady defense and figures to see 130 starts or so, provided he stays healthy. His OPS has fallen under .700 three straight seasons and dipped to .593 last year. There's little reason to expect a rebound in 2013.
After being squeezed out of playing time in Colorado, Barmes opened last season as the Astros' starting shortstop. He posted good defensive numbers, but got too many at-bats (446) for a player with a .698 OPS. The Astros wanted to keep Barmes in a reserve role, but the veteran infielder moved on to Pittsburgh, where he figures to get regular playing time as the everyday shortstop. The Pirates' mistake shouldn't be yours, you can do better with your endgame buck.
Any goodwill that Barmes built with fantasy owners in 2009 was washed away in 2010. He hit .235/.305/.351 in 387 at-bats and saw the field primarily because of his defensive skills. Those defensive skills were enough to peak Houston's interest as it traded for him in the offseason. He can hit lefties (.280/.340/.408) and possesses some pop in his bat (48.9 percent flyball rate), which suggests a platoon role would be ideal. The short porch at Minute Maid Park will help him, but outside of that, expect more of the same from his 2011 campaign.
Barmes was the biggest benefactor from the Rockies' midseason managerial switch, when he transitioned from a utility player off the bench into the everyday second baseman. Manager Jim Tracy brought with him a confidence in Barmes, who responded well at first, but tailed off after the All-Star break. Barmes was beginning to look like one of the best waiver-wire fantasy pickups of the season, hitting .314 with four home runs and 19 RBI in June, however, he peaked soon thereafter and finished the season with an uninspiring .245 average. The 23 home runs he hit were a pleasant surprise for a defensive shortstop, but he will shed some of his value with his positional eligibility in 2010, and Eric Young Jr. could begin to encroach on his playing time at second base.
The utility infielder got regular playing time when Troy Tulowitzki went down, hitting well enough at home to fool some of the people all of the time. Barmes' career line outside of Coors Field: .228/.267/.340. He can't play, and Ian Stewart can, so Barmes' days as more than bench help are over.
Barmes started 2007 at Triple-A after losing the spring training shortstop battle to Troy Tulowitzki. He batted .299/.364/.451 with 11 home runs and received a September callup, but failed to impress during the brief stint. He will compete for the starting second base job during spring training, but unless he proves he can hit major league pitching on a more consistent basis, he'll continue to bounce between Triple-A and the majors regardless of his organization.
Barmes struggled mightily this past season, a year after a strong rookie campaign was derailed by the now infamous "deer meat" incident, where he broke his clavicle. He batted just .164 from August 1 on and eventually lost playing time to rookie Troy Tulowitzki. The Rockies are shopping Barmes around this winter and plan on making the impressive young Tulowitzki their shortstop of the present. It's difficult to see Barmes getting a fulltime job anywhere in 2007 coming off a .598 OPS season.
Barmes will be the starter at shortstop for the Rockies after a strong rookie season. He started last season red-hot, hitting .329 with 8 HR and 34 RBI before breaking his collarbone. He struggled upon his return in September and ended his rookie campaign with a respectable .289 batting average. He hit a meager .239 away from home compared to .332 at Coors Field, however.
The future is now for Barmes, who is the extent of the Rockies' organizational depth at shortstop and should be in the Opening Day starting lineup. Barmes has hit for average at every stop in his minor league career, but has only gap power with unspectacular speed. His best-case scenario in 2005 is a strong average in the spacious confines of Coors Field, with power like he displayed in the similarly high altitude of Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Barmes made an impression in September call-up last season, hitting .320 in 25 at-bats. He's been tabbed the Rockies SS of the future and looks to be on his way to fulfilling that promise. He doesn't have a ton of power or speed, though he did he crack 35 doubles at Triple-A last season. Barmes plays great defense and covers a lot of ground in the infield and his defense alone should get him an extended look in Spring Training in the hopes that the future is now for the Rockies' shortstop.