For some reason, I thought you were closer to my son's age. But you're at bit older.
Won't argue that Barmes isn't a long term answer, but he wasn't brought in for that purpose. He was signed to provide a better defensive bridge until a player in the minors can emerge, if one does.
He wasn't brought here for his offense.
Agreed, I'm old school for a semi younger guy, I think just as many games are won and loss by how the middle of the field plays defensively as are by how good the middle of your line up is. We have had too many 4 and 5 out innings over the past 3 years because of our second and shortstop play. Walker has improved and will probably get even better because he still hasn't played 2nd very long.
If you are very good defensively at Catcher, Short, 2nd and CF it can mean as much as having a Pujols, Berkman, Molina type middle of the order.
"If you are very good defensively at Catcher, Short, 2nd and CF . . . "
It's been that way since the beginning, and will unlikely ever change. The Pirates are better up the middle defensively today than they were back in October because they've added Barmes and Barajas. It's anyone's guess how many runs they'll save, but I'd bet it'll add up to a handful of wins.