San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres have finalized a one- year contract with free agent infielder Clint Barmes that includes a club option for the 2016 season.
Barmes joins the Padres after spending the past three seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 35-year-old appeared in 48 games as a utility player in 2014, finishing the year with a .245 average and seven RBI.
Highly regarded for his defensive abilities, Barmes owns a career .246 average with 86 home runs and 399 RBI over 12 major league seasons. The Indiana native played eight seasons with the Colorado Rockies from 2003-10 before spending the following campaign with the Houston Astros.
Barmes is expected to split time with the left-handed hitting Alexi Amarista at shortstop for San Diego, which did not tender former starter Everth Cabrera a contract at this week's deadline.