The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms on new contract with shortstop Clint Barmes, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Buster Olney of ESPN.com first reported that a deal was close to getting done, and terms are not yet known.
Barmes, 34, will return to the Pirates for his third season with the team. He hit .211 with 5 HR and 23 RBI in 108 games as Pittsburgh's primary shortstop in 2013, and will return in a utility role behind Jordy Mercer, who is expected to get a significant amount of playing time next season.
For his career, Barmes is a lifetime .246 hitter with 86 HR and 392 HR in eleven seasons with the Rockies (2003-2010), Astros (2011) and Pirates (2012-2013). The Pirates expressed interest in bringing him back all offseason, and he also was linked to the Red Sox as a possible utility infield option.