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Braves acquire Jack Wilson from Mariners for PTBNL

Aug 31, 2011, 10:12 PM EST

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In case you haven’t noticed, waiver trades aren’t nearly as interesting or exciting as their counterparts that take place in mid-to-late July. Exhibit A:

According to the Mariners’ official Twitter feed, veteran infielder Jack Wilson was dealt to the Braves late Thursday for a player to be named later.

Wilson has hit just .249/.283/.295 in 187 plate appearances this season and hasn’t homered since 2009, but he’s capable of playing above-average defense at a variety of infield positions and might be a useful bench piece down the stretch for Atlanta.

In fact, we may as well label him now as Dan Uggla‘s personal late-innings defensive replacement.

Wilson played 45 games at second base, 13 games at shortstop and one full game at the hot corner this year for the last-place Mariners. He’s joining a team that leads the National League Wild Card by a healthy margin and will be looking to appear in a postseason game for the first time in his 11-year MLB career.

Wilson is currently on the disabled list with a bruised heel but should be ready to rock soon.

  1. bobulated - Aug 31, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Buh-bye Julio Lugo.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      Julio Lugo?! That guy ain’t dead?!

  2. hittfamily - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    I have a feeling Jack Wilson is the PTBNL. That has happened before, but I forget who it was that was traded for himself. I guess the good news for Mariners fans is Jack Wilson wasn’t traded for 1 dollar, like his team mate was.

    • felser - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      Harry Chiti in 1962 Indians–>inaugural Amazin’ Met–>Indians

    • rlute - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      Rob Ducey was traded to the Blue Jays for a ptbnl. Couple months later the Phillies looked at their choices and asked for….Rob Ducey.

  3. paperlions - Sep 1, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    Maybe it’s a pony to be named later; that would be more useful to the Mariners (or any baseball team) than a Jack Wilson.

    • felser - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      Harry Chiti in 1962 Indians–>inaugural Amazin’ Met–>Indians

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