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Posted: Saturday November 19, 2011 2:06PM ; Updated: Saturday November 19, 2011 4:16PM

Pirates, Barmes close to deal

By Jon Heyman, SI.com

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The Pirates are in serious talks with Clint Barmes on a two-year, $10.5 million deal.

Barmes, 32, hit .244 with 12 homers and 39 RBI for the Astros last season. The Pirates have an opening at shortstop after declining Ronny Cedeno's option.

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