The Padres have officially announced the signing of shortstop Clint Barmes to a one-year deal that includes a club option for 2016. The deal, which was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com on Wednesday, will guarantee Barmes $1.5 million in 2015, with the option being worth between $2 and $4 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Barmes, 35, will provide middle infield depth for a Padres' club that is likely to rely on Alexi Amarista at shortstop in the wake of the decision to non-tender ex-starter Everth Cabrera. Barmes has the ability to play second base, and will likely serve as protection behind Jedd Gyorko next season.
In 48 games for the Pirates last season, Barmes hit .245/.328/.294 with seven RBI, while providing solid defense in his third and final season in Pittsburgh. The veteran has been known as a defense-first player for his entire career, putting together a lifetime .246/.295/.380 line with 86 home runs and 399 RBI in twelve major league seasons with the Rockies (2003-2010), Astros (2011) and Pirates (2012-2014).