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Atlanta Braves Sign Jack Wilson to One-Year Deal

January 13th, 2012 at 6:37 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves finally signed their biggest offseason need – a backup shortstop – by bringing back Jack Wilson with a one-year deal worth $1 million with an additional $500,000 in incentives.

The 34-year-old, who started his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001, came to the Braves via a deal from the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 31, to provide a more solid backup to Alex Gonzalez than Julio Lugo. Now that Gonzalez has been non-tendered by the Braves and has signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, Tyler Pastornicky has been pencilled in as the Opening Day starting shortstop, hence the need for a strong backup.

Only a .266 career hitter, Wilson's reputation is built largely on his impressive glove work.

 

Wilson may not have quite the range he did earlier in his career, but he still provides a competent backup option around the infield. Out of the 61 starts he made last year with Seattle and Atlanta, 38 were at second base, 21 were at shortstop and two were at third base.

Though he only hit .220 in 17 games with the Braves last September, Wilson was already providing the veteran mentorship for which the Braves were looking in support of Pastornicky. Wilson reportedly had already invited Pastornicky to his home in California to work out at his home this month.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Jack Wilson, MLB, Tyler Pastornicky

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