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Diamondbacks' Behavior Makes Infield Market Look Scary For Pirates

Now that the Pirates have left themselves without a shortstop, costs on the free agent market become especially relevant.  And things are looking mighty scary on that front, thanks to the Diamondbacks.

Arizona has made two signings recently:  John McDonald for two years at $1.5 million per year and Willie Bloomquist for two years at $1.9 million per year.  Both have always been utility players.  McDonald is a good defensive player but one of the worst hitters ever to cling to a bat; his career OPS+ is a pitiful 59.  Bloomquist has a career OPS+ of 76 and, according to UZR, is an average defensive player.  The Giants reportedly offered Bloomquist as much as or more than Arizona, so it's not a case of the D'backs simply going insane.

This is not making Clint Barmes look very signable, especially for a team that wouldn't pay Ronny Cedeno $2.8 million on a one-year commitment.  Barmes over his career has been almost exactly the same hitter as Bloomquist, with a 78 career OPS+ (that's park-adjusted, so it's not Coors-dependent).  But Barmes has been a regular for large parts of the last six years and, according to UZR, is very good defensively.  He's over a year younger than Bloomquist and five years younger than McDonald.  If they can get two years, he's likely to get three.  And if Bloomquist can get $1.9M per, you have to think there's a good chance of Barmes getting at least double that.  Yet the Pirates weren't even willing to make a total dollar commitment to Cedeno that was less than what McDonald got.  Do the Pirates have a realistic understanding of the market?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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