With Andrelton Simmons out at least six weeks with a broken hand and Jack Wilson on the disabled list with a dislocated pinky, the Atlanta Braves made a trade with the Cincinnati Reds for shortstop Paul Janish in exchange for right-handed pitcher Todd Redmond.
Janish is considered a primarily defensive shortstop. In 221 Major League games, he has hit .221, with a .591 OPS. In 2012, he went .237 with a .332 on-base percentage in 49 games with Triple-A Louisville. He has not played in the big leagues since batting .214 with a .259 on-base percentage in 114 games with the Reds last year.
Regardless of the subpar offensive stats, general manager Frank Wren says they got their man.
"In evaluating after Simmons was hurt, and talking with our scouts, we thought Janish was the best defensive shortstop out there that we could acquire," Wren said of the 29-year-old on mlb.com. "He was the No. 1 guy on our list. He did a great job for Cincinnati last year in 80 games at short and 20-something games the year before. He's a proven defensive talent, and we felt like for our club that was the most important aspect of the acquisition."
The Braves, who were one of three teams in the bidding for Janish, will now have to depend on his glove in the absence of Simmons and Wlison.
Redmond had gone 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett. He has been in Triple-A since 2009, and was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Year in 2008 with Double-A Mississippi.
With Ben Sheets starting on the hill Sunday against the New York Mets, the Braves have optioned Randall Delgado to Triple-A Gwinnett, where he will start Monday. A rule instituted this year allows teams to call up one additional player for a doubleheader. Delgado will be that player on Saturday when the Braves play two with the Washington Nationals.
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