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Braves re-sign Jack Wilson to one-year, $1 million contract

Jan 13, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

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Jack Wilson has seemingly been the cheap, light-hitting, veteran fallback plan for a handful of teams in the middle infield, but today he agreed to re-sign with the Braves after coming to Atlanta from Seattle in an August 31 trade.

Wilson gets a one-year, $1 million deal and Mark Bowman of speculates that he’ll likely serve as the backup to Tyler Pastornicky, the 23-year-old shortstop prospect who’s in line to replace Alex Gonzalez as the Braves’ starter.

Pastornicky hit .314 in 117 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season, but his OPS was a modest .773 thanks to just seven homers and 32 walks. Of course, Wilson hit .243 with a .559 OPS last season, hasn’t cracked a .700 OPS since 2007, and is no longer a standout defender, so if Pastornicky isn’t the Opening Day shortstop it will have more to do with his development than Wilson’s presence.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    FINALLY! This is the move that puts us over the top. *facepalm*

    I don’t think Pastornicky is ready. I was under the impression he needs about one more year in the minors before becoming a solid, yet unspectacular pro.

    I was waiting to see who the veteran SS Wren brought in might be, but I sure as hell didn’t see them re-upping Wilson. Ugh. At least it is on the cheap.

  2. natstowngreg - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Jack Wilson oughta get at least one comment just for his fine defensive abilities.

    This is it.

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