Astros trade for Rockies' Barmes
Posted on: November 18, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 6:31 pm
The Astros announced they have acquired second baseman/shortstop Clint Barmes from the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Felipe Paulino.
Houston was looking to upgrade at both positions, and Barmes will, as it stands now, share playing time with Jeff Keppinger and Tommy Manzella. Barmes, 31, put up a .235/.305/.351 line last season.
Paulino, 27, started 14 games for the Astros last season, going 1-9 with a 5.11 ERA and 4.5 walks per nine innings.
"We're excited to add Clint to our club," Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "He's a plus defensive player at two positions, has gap and some home run power and has great makeup. It's tough to give up a power arm like Felipe's, but Clint fits a need that we had to address."
-- David Andriesen
UPDATE: Barmes has been told he will play shortstop by Wade and manager Brad Mills, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com -- and he couldn't be more excited.
"I looked at myself as a shortstop playing second base," Barmes said of his last couple of years in Colorado. "I'm very excited to get the opportunity to play on that side of the field."
With Barmes headed to short, his new double play partner figures to be Jeff Keppinger. That will push either Tommy Manzella or Angel Sanchez into a reserve role or off the team completely.
-- Evan Brunell
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