Barmes a valuable clubhouse presence

Barmes a valuable clubhouse presence

HOUSTON -- Astros general manager Ed Wade said Clint Barmes drew interest from teams before the July 31 Trade Deadline, but Wade didn't want to part ways with the veteran shortstop.

"You want somebody like Clint Barmes around talking to your kids and helping them through some rough spots and encouraging them, and doing everything Clint Barmes has done since the very first day we got him, and clearly what we were hearing about him before he ever got here," Wade said.

Barmes' bat has picked up in recent weeks, notching a hit in 11 of his last 13 games, including four multihit games and three home runs. Wade also applauded the shortstop's defensive abilities.

"[If] you want the ball hit to a guy, and make sure an out's an out, hit it to Clint Barmes," Wade said. "Chances are the inning's over. The way he's come on offensively over the last several weeks is a big plus."

Wade said he doesn't know what Barmes' future with the Astros will be, but for now, he's a valuable piece in a young clubhouse.

"One of the primary reasons why Clint Barmes is still wearing our uniform today is because of the character and makeup he brings to a ballclub, and I told him that this afternoon," Wade said.