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Atlanta Braves Add Infield Depth with Trade for Jack Wilson

September 1st, 2011 at 9:00 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

After being silent on the trade front during the entire waiver period, it was reasonable to assume the Atlanta Braves were done after they traded for Matt Diaz. However, Frank Wren showed a sense of urgency and a commitment to winning this year by trading for Jack Wilson from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later.

Wilson, a light-hitting shortstop known for a terrific glove, is hitting .249 with a .577 OPS this season. He will likely take Julio Lugo's spot as the backup shortstop or, at the very least, compete with him for that spot on a potential playoff roster. With the expanded rosters in September, the Braves can carry both Lugo and Wilson. 

“It’s exciting just to be in a playoff run," Wilson said. "Obviously the team here and the organization as a whole is pretty legendary, and some of the guys in this room. Playing against them for so many years in Pittsburgh, it’s nice to be on the other side.”

Wilson spent over eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and two and a half seasons with the Mariners, so he will get to experience his first pennant race.

“I’ve always admired him across the way when he played with the Pirates,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “This guy made some plays defensively; he’s really, really good. You can do some stuff with him offensively, bunt, hit and run. He’s one of those baseball players. They just come out and beat you. I’m looking forward to having him on the club for the rest of the way.”

Wilson is currently on the disabled list with a sore heel, but he should be activated on Friday.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Fredi Gonzalez, Jack Wilson, Julio Lugo, Matt Diaz, MLB

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