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Braves acquire infielder Paul Janish from Reds

Jul 14, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

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The injury-riddled Braves have secured some insurance for the shortstop position.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com confirms that the Braves have acquired infielder Paul Janish from Reds in exchange for minor league right-hander Todd Redmond. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that he’s expected to join the Braves tomorrow.

The Braves have been on the lookout for help ever since Andrelton Simmons fractured his right pinkie finger on Sunday. The need became even more urgent after Jack Wilson dislocated the middle joint of his right pinkie finger and Martin Prado was forced to fill in at shortstop. The Braves have called up Tyler Pastornicky, but Prado is back at shortstop again this afternoon against the Mets.

Janish is highly-regarded for his defense, but he owns a lowly .221/.289/.302 batting line and a .591 OPS over 975 plate appearances in the big leagues, all with the Reds. The 29-year-old has played exclusively with Triple-A Louisville this season, compiling a .237/.332/.391 batting line and .722 OPS in 49 games played.

Redmond has a 3.57 ERA over parts of eight seasons in the minors, but he’s been stuck at Triple-A Gwinnett since the 2009 season. He’s 27 years old and has never been considered a top prospect despite solid results, so he’ll presumably function as organizational depth with Cincinnati.

  1. hoopmatch - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Zack Cozart made Janish expendable with Cincinnati. Good luck to him in Atlanta.

  2. mikeincmn - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    They didnt give up anything and I admit to not having seen much of him when he was playing, but is there really any big difference between Janish and Pastornicky? Both seem all glove, no bat guys.

  3. bravojawja - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    This is Phase Two of the Braves’ plan to replace our infield with Cincy’s. Unfortunately, we’re starting with the wrong guys.

  4. metalhead65 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    maybe the Reds will get lucky again and this guy will be like the Hoover kid they got earlier. sure the reds sent him down for no apparent reason but he is killing them in the minors to so it is just a matter of time before he finds his way back to the majors. probably not with the reds though,he will be part of the deal that nets the reds another player for dusty to platoon instead of playing every day. in order to do that you have to be fast and able to strike out 3 times a game like the current center fielder they have.

  5. chc4 - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    @mikeincmn — Not sure what you’ve been watching but Pastornicky is terrible defensively. That’s why he lost the starting gig to Simmons in the first place. If he could field at all he’d be the choice over this Janish guy.

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