Braves sign backup SS Wilson to 1-year deal – updated

With the Braves prepared to turn over the shortstop position to a rookie with no major league experience in Tyler Pastornicky, they wanted a veteran to back him up. They filled that need Friday when they signed Jack Wilson to a one-year $1 million deal, with an additional $500,000 in incentives.

Wilson, 34, returns to the Braves after coming to them in a trade from Seattle last August 31. He said he’s glad to have a chance to make a few amends, both team-wise and personally after hitting .220 (9-for-41) with one double and one RBI in 17 games in September.

“It’s always nice, especially when a team trades for you, and they call back,” Wilson said Friday. “I really didn’t perform like I wanted, so this gives me a chance to come back and have a better year for the team and to be the guy they envisioned when they traded for me.”

Wilson was acquired last year to give the Braves a better option than Julio Lugo to back up Alex Gonzalez down the stretch. Now that Gonzalez is gone (he was non-tendered and signed with the Brewers), the Braves wanted a veteran influence to help Pastornicky.

Long before the Braves called, Wilson was already providing that. After the Braves lost to the Phillies to end the season – the one and only night of Pastornicky’s call-up – Wilson and Pastornicky got to talking about defense. Wilson invited Pastornicky to come to his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. to work out in his backyard infield, which they plan to do early next month.

“When I first came up, I had Pat Meares who took me under his wing,” said Wilson, who broke in with the Pirates. “He’d been a major league shortstop for nine or 10 years. Now you have an opportunity to do what somebody did for you. Tyler seems like a great kid, and I’m looking forward to helping him out any way I can.”

Wilson made a name for himself as a standout defensive shortstop over his eight years with the Pirates. In more of a utility role in recent years with Seattle, he played second base, some shortstop and occasionally third. Wilson made 61 starts last year in Seattle and Atlanta: 38 at second base, 21 at shortstop and two at third base.

He’s a career .266 hitter with 61 home runs and 422 RBIs.

Braves general manager Frank Wren said Wilson had the best skill set of any of the veteran shortstops they considered.

“He still can play the position very well and has range and arm and the ability to make big plays as we saw in September,” Wren said.

The Braves took their time in signing Wilson because they wanted to explore the trade market first before ultimately deciding to go with Pastornicky as their starter.

“We had a number of trade discussion that potentially involved shortstops coming back to us,” Wren said. “In some cases it was players that could be starting shortstops and in other cases it was backups. So we wanted to take our time and evaluate how we best put our team together.”

173 comments Add your comment

Hoosier Aaron

January 13th, 2012
4:21 pm

Good call. I thought they should’ve done that all along. Maybe Wilson was just looking for a better deal elsewhere. (That is if we thought TP could be our everyday ss.)

jzdc

January 13th, 2012
4:25 pm

World Series, here we come!!!

Felix

January 13th, 2012
4:33 pm

Now that the Braves and Frank Wren have made a really bold move, and gone out on a limb to sign Wilson, I now must completely revise my opinion on our 2012 prospects ……………we are now a cinch to win it all.

The Fillies must be trembling right now.

Will

January 13th, 2012
4:33 pm

Considering what Jack’s salary was last year ($5M)…this is not a bad signing for a defensive shortstop. There is no way the Braves wanted to go over $2M at the position.

PMC

January 13th, 2012
4:33 pm

Well, he fits what they wanted, at least he’s got a decent glove.

Let’s see guys that are past their prime that used to play for Pittsburgh, think we’ll trade for Nate McClouth again?

lolwut

January 13th, 2012
4:34 pm

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PMC

January 13th, 2012
4:36 pm

It’s pretty obvious there is 0 money to spend here.

Bobby

January 13th, 2012
4:37 pm

I’m not overly superstitious, but wasn’t it right when we acquired Wilson that we started blowing the wild card

Sambo 4 Rambo

January 13th, 2012
4:47 pm

HOT DAMN!!!…………………………..Depression setting in

KBB

January 13th, 2012
4:47 pm

I hate Liberty Media

Memphis

January 13th, 2012
4:51 pm

There is nothing wrong with this. Pastornicky was going to start to begin with. They were looking for a veteran backup to begin with. Wilson is better glove than Theriot, Ronny Cedeno etc. Other names that have been linked to the Braves. Spending money just to spend money is pointless. And the trade scenarios many of you are putting out there make absolutely no sense.

Jefferson

January 13th, 2012
4:52 pm

Decent move. Provides depth. Better than Lugo or Conrad no doubt.
Looks like Braves will have same team as last year. Hopefully Jurrgens and Hanson can get 25 starts this year and be ready for postseason. This is not a bad team as it stands now. With medlan back to assist O’Ventbrel late in games. Will hae to limit them to 70-maybe 75 appearances. We’ll see a bigger move with a new owner or after 2012.
I really like for atlanta to sign bourne long term. Given the stadium this team needs some speed to offset low HR totals

Bourn
Prado
Jones
McCann
Uggla
Freeman
Heyward
Pastornicky

Ross
Hinske
Wilson
Diaz
Constanza/or IF

not bad….

Hudson
Jurrgens
Hanson
Beachy
Minor

Martinez
Medlan
O’Ventbrel
(others)

not to mention Teheran and Delgado to come up if injuries

for a 90M team, not bad

Bama Mike

January 13th, 2012
4:54 pm

Yeah Baby! Signing Jack Wilson. What a bold move. Let the beatings begin.

Max Sizemore

January 13th, 2012
4:55 pm

In his late 20s, Wilson was the top-rated defensive SS in the big leagues, according to some of the metrics used to measure fielding. I can’t imagine a better tutor for Pastornicky.

nc braves fan

January 13th, 2012
5:02 pm

I’m reserving my hotel room for playoffs in October right now! This puts us over the top!

Cosmo Kramer

January 13th, 2012
5:02 pm

STOP THE PRESSES! THIS IS HUGE!

Chipper's tank ain't empty yet

January 13th, 2012
5:03 pm

Not to be a “negative nancy” here, but seriously…. Nobody has been able to tell me why 4 months ago when the September call-ups occurred and we were told “Pastornicky is not ready yet” (and he had not sprained his ankle yet),, why, all of the sudden, is Pastornicky “ready and will be the starting shortstop next season”? Now, before you tell me about how I’m a Pastornicky hater and everything,, understand that I LOVE Pastornicky and think he SHOULD be the starter going into spring training,,,,, however,,,, why he wasn’t called up in September last season to provide speed to a sagging lineup, pop off the bench with a solid bat, and a chance to spell Alex “double play with nobody on” Gonzalez because “he wasn’t ready” but “now he’s ready” hasn’t been explained by anyone in the braves FO. The only difference between September and now has been an epic collapse and the inabilty of the Braves to sign anybody better due to payroll constraints,,, soooo,,, there’s your shortstop. Cheap, controlable, rookie, with promise, untested (which would have helped HIM AND the team last September if he WOULD have been “tested”)… Just doesn’t make sense. By the way,, for whatever it’s worth,, Good pickup of Jack Wilson on a one year deal. He plays solid defense and he hustles every play out (and I mean,, usually for an out). I’ll take a team full of guys that run hard over guys who lollygag any day. You make a million +, the least you can do is run hard….

Farnsworthy

January 13th, 2012
5:04 pm

I cry when I look at our line up.
Phillies pitchers look at it and laugh.

Mitchell

January 13th, 2012
5:06 pm

61 home runs?

That can’t be right, can it? That’s kind of impressive. He hasn’t even been around that long has he?

Funny, not the world’s greatest hitter and yet he gets a huge hit in game 162 against the Phillies to possibly extend the Braves the lead, which would have been one run greater had the game’s best base stealer not been called out at third on an attempted steal the same inning Dan Uggla hit an early tie-breaking home run, but the lead does not change as Uggla is thrown out at home due to bad base running.

And then later Wilson’s expert glove fails him and a hard hit ground ball the his misplays and is ruled an error which leads to a run scoring thus narrowing the lead down to one and of course the Phillies tied it in the 9th and we eventually ended up losing and fail to reach the playoffs on the last day of the season.

It’s never the other way around with the Braves, is it? It’s always our greatest strenths that end up being the fatal flaw in the end.

Best home record in 2010 and yet we lost both home playoff games.

I’ll stop now.

bobby

January 13th, 2012
5:09 pm

rather seen the Braves make a deal for Zorbist but beggars can’t be chooser and here’s how we could have gotten him
Tampa gets
Jairo Asencio Cory Gearrin Prado and Hicks

Braves get
Ben Zobrist Brandon Guyer Sean Rodriguez and Elliot Johnson

mikey d

January 13th, 2012
5:10 pm

Sorry folks – I like it. This was my choice all along. I think he provides the perfect fit for back up INF spots and seems like a team guy. I just wish we could have gotten a RH left fielder with some pop (Quentin, etc) In Frank we trust

Bravesfan36

January 13th, 2012
5:11 pm

I think Jack Wilson will provide what is needed. Good move, just curious as to why it took so long. Can’t wait for Spring Training. Go Braves!

Farnsworthy

January 13th, 2012
5:13 pm

To Chipper’s Tank: It is because we can’t believe anything Braves mangement tells us. I use to still believe JS, but since he wrote the now famous “Letter” promising to do everything to put the Braves in a position to compete for the WS this year—what has happened? Nothing! Zilch!!
Does anyone, anywhere, believe that with this Braves offense we can even win the NL East, much less a WS? It is called credibility and they have none. That is why so many of us have become cynical.

Jefferson

January 13th, 2012
5:13 pm

rather seen the Braves make a deal for Zorbist but beggars can’t be chooser and here’s how we could have gotten him
Tampa gets
Jairo Asencio Cory Gearrin Prado and Hicks

Braves get
Ben Zobrist Brandon Guyer Sean Rodriguez and Elliot Johnson

Never heard of this before……

PMC

January 13th, 2012
5:14 pm

oh yeah, I had blocked that error out in that game Mitchell.

Oh well. good price, decent option for what he is.

They have all but told us not to expect much this year unless EVERYTHING goes right.

I Love Liberty Media

January 13th, 2012
5:17 pm

Moves like these make me proud to be a Braves fan. I’ve waited all season long for an improvement to our ball club and boy did the wait sure pay off. Jack Wilson will put the Braves over the top and his presence in the dug out will strike fear in the hearts of the Phillies and other divisional foes. He will mentor young Pastornicky into being a HOF SS. Wilson’s coveted defensive skills will prove to be the backbone of the 2012 Braves and be a cataylst for future championships for the Atlanta Braves. Im so thankful we do not waste our time signing big named players. Jack Wilson will be an iconic figure in the Braves Hall Of Fame for bringing us our 2012 WS championship. My only wish is that our brilliant GM would have made the move sooner so that Jack Wilson ’s knowledge could have rubbed off on the Braves players. My only guess is that the knowledgeable and experienced Frank Wren wanted to build up suspense in Braves Nation and it sure worked! Go Braves and thank God for Jack Wilson!!!

Mets R Best

January 13th, 2012
5:17 pm

Wooo! Wow! Jack Wilson! You Braves really know how to pull off the big deals. Now the rest of us in the NL East and all of MLB are really scared!

Felix

January 13th, 2012
5:20 pm

I Love Liberty Media————-you really nailed it. Wilson has definitely put us over the top.

Ralph

January 13th, 2012
5:26 pm

Good move anchoring Pastronicky at SS,

l. Bourn CF
2. Constanza LF
3. Heyward RF
4. Freeman 1B
5. Uffla 2B
6. Turdo 3B
7. Pastronicky SS
8. Oberhousen C

Ready for 2013

Ron Roberts

January 13th, 2012
5:26 pm

The better-case scenario would have been re-signing Alex Gonzalez, but in our infinite wisdom we thought it would take a 2-year deal to do that, so we didn’t even apparently bother to ask, and since somebody else DID, he signed for ….

….

….

wait for it ….

….ONE year.

Brilliant move, Frank. Now we’ve downgraded at SS.

So far, I’d say the Phillies have dropped back a bit (but so have we), while the Nationals and Marlins have stepped up a bit. Going to be a tight race, I think, with the winner coming in under 92 wins and the wild card coming from somewhere else.

JG2

January 13th, 2012
5:29 pm

We are NOW set for the WS run! way to spend ATL!

quick look at Braves Opening Day: Atlanta Insight Blog – http://j.mp/atlod12

Let's Go

January 13th, 2012
5:37 pm

This is a really good move on the Braves part because now you have a decent SS if Pastornicky struggles but you also have a guy that can play 3B when Chipper needs a day off and by having that you won’t have to jerk Martin around or if you do end up trading Martin you now have Chippers back-up on the roster. Whatever way the Braves go from here you now have one hole filled.

Ralph

January 13th, 2012
5:39 pm

Trade Uggla, Prado, Bourn and McCann for major league ready prospects.

oldmarriedwoman

January 13th, 2012
5:46 pm

You knew we would get a washed up veteran IF to back up TP. FW and FG insistence on using washed up has been veterans is beyond me. Just because they are a veteran does not mean they are better than our minor leaguers. I would have rather they bring up the young players and let them play versus signing the wash up has been that nobody else wants. sign.

VinceVanGo

January 13th, 2012
5:54 pm

I think Pastornicky is the real thing and ready to start, but he probably won’t stay at short for long. The Braves have other real good shortstop prospects bearing down hard to make it to the majors. If Pastornicky hits, he’ll stay but probably be moved to third or the outfield, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I love seeing these hungry kids given a chance, and it saves a bundle in the short term. I hope the Braves give their young guns a shot soon. By the way if the Orioles want Tommy Hanson for Adam Jones, I say do it, I think Hanson is in for plenty of medical problems down the road.

Lemke's Knuckler

January 13th, 2012
5:57 pm

Jefferson…”Jurrgens”

I hope Jurrjens get traded so I no longer have to see you people butcher his name on this blog. It’s not spelled like the freakin’ lotion!!!!

AFAN

January 13th, 2012
5:58 pm

looks like 3rd place for this team. Way to go braves!

Billy

January 13th, 2012
6:00 pm

Get what you pay for..Nothing…just nothing…what a damn joke..the Braves suck.

Lemke's Knuckler

January 13th, 2012
6:00 pm

I saw this coming. He should help Pastornicky with the defense a lot. I read today where Adam Everett took a job with some team as an infield coach. I can see Wilson being in a similar role some day and think he’ll be a great defensive mentor to Tyler. Hopefully, he finds someone else to mentor form a hitting standpoint.

BravesfaninWis

January 13th, 2012
6:01 pm

Big f’n whoop.. The Braves have done nothing, NOTHING to improve this team since that epic collapse last Sept, and they think they will hang with the other teams in the division after they went out and improved their clubs? The Braves are on the outside looking in when it comes to the NL East, and they have themselves to blame for it. This is about as useless of a offseason as I have seen from a team that failed big time the previous season. Way to show your fans you are in it. Thanks for nothing idiots.

Yunel Asscobar

January 13th, 2012
6:01 pm

Can he also back up Fredi at the manager position when he get’s that “lost as a goose” expression on his face in the midst of a pennant race?

Elonbrave

January 13th, 2012
6:02 pm

AGTFan53

January 13th, 2012
6:03 pm

Wow. Sure are a bunch of whiners on the blog today. It’s a good move that fits in the plan. They’re all for unlimited spending if it’s someone else’s money. I have faith that if a fair trade for that power hitting corner outfielder develops, the Braves will pull the trigger.

Billy

January 13th, 2012
6:03 pm

Only way this is a good deal is if they Trade Prado..I can’t believe this crap. How low can we go?

BravesfaninWis

January 13th, 2012
6:04 pm

Pastornicky wouldn’t be starting if it wasn’t for him being on a cheap ass team. He is a good hitter with speed, but from everything I have read on him and heard on this blog about him he has very suspect defense which in turn will cost us some games. Everyone was bashing Uggla for his defense, but at least the guy can make it up at the plate, which is more than I can say for Pastornicky.

Lemke's Knuckler

January 13th, 2012
6:04 pm

Billy…”Get what you pay for..Nothing…just nothing…what a damn joke..the Braves suck.”

You’re right, the outcome of every team’s success is determined by who they sign to be a backup middle infielder. I can’t wait to see all the veterans they invite to spring training. I bet they all suck too. The season is lost.

Chop Chop

January 13th, 2012
6:05 pm

I guess Jack Wilson wanted his presence to keep us from making the playoffs again.

Heyward gets on base now

January 13th, 2012
6:08 pm

Ugh…. Well, at least there’ll be some stability there for back up SS, but we need an big outfield bat.

Lemke's Knuckler

January 13th, 2012
6:08 pm

BravesfaninWis…”Big f’n whoop.. The Braves have done nothing, NOTHING to improve this team since that epic collapse last Sept”

Unless you count the fact they’ll have Hanson and Jurrjens back, Medlen in the bullpen and the unlikeliness that Prado, Heyward and McCann will all slump for an entire month at the same time like last September. But details details…

Billy

January 13th, 2012
6:10 pm

Lemke’s knuts..I love your spin..about middle infields but what else have they done…..take your vets and eat it. If they have to have invites they can’t be worth much are they would be on other teams.

Whitey

January 13th, 2012
6:15 pm

An inmate in a correctional facility giving advice on peoples character seems odd to me.

kwajbraves

January 13th, 2012
6:24 pm

FW waited almost 3 months to resign Wilson. Much ado about nothing.
Does anybody knows the term of contract of Martin Prado?

Brownie

January 13th, 2012
6:27 pm

Ron Roberts – nice blog about Alex Gonzalez, but…….I wouldn’t bring Gonzo back if he paid US – I don’t care how long the contract was for. he was just about the most automatic OUT I’ve seen in years – and always seemingly with guys on base.

Now, about Pasternicky, the Braves will get a real look at him this year, but if he does hit well, I believe he’ll end up replacing Chipper at 3rd. The shortstop the Braves are REALLY waiting for is Andrelton Simmons (we’ll see him in ‘13).

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

January 13th, 2012
6:29 pm

Marlins sign Jose Reyes…..we regurgitate Jack Wilson. Beautiful, now the fans can abdicate Turner Field and go play hooky.

Ron Roberts

January 13th, 2012
6:31 pm

Lemke … you know for certain Hanson’s going to be back and injury-free? You certain of Jurrjens’ ability to pitch a full season?

Me either.

Brownie, don’t get me wrong, A-Gonzalez wasn’t an OBP and BA guy, no, but if you think Jack Wilson’s a better one-year backup SS/tandem SS guy than Alex, we truly see things differently.

kwajbraves

January 13th, 2012
6:33 pm

I’m waiting for the Magglio Ordonez signing. He would fit the profile of brokedown, over the hill and cheap RH bat signing of the last few years. Sigh!

benchwarmer

January 13th, 2012
6:36 pm

Why oh why do so many feel a compulsion to trade Prado. The man is very nearly a perfect all around player, good hitter and is a nice guy. I just don’t get it!

benchwarmer

January 13th, 2012
6:38 pm

Wilson may play more innings than Reyes.

alanfalcon

January 13th, 2012
6:38 pm

I guess Frank had to make a move to show that he was still the GM and hadn’t as reported dissappeared from the face of the world.

SR

January 13th, 2012
6:39 pm

Good call Coach- brilliant strategy by Wren, stand pat and go into battle with the same chokers who blew the biggest lead one could imagine. The dude is held hostage- day 115 + – since braves collapse and there sits Wren, spewing out the same ol pablum, ” i like this team as is,” blah, blah, blah. Please, don’t insult us with anymore of that condescending crap.

Retired 6 years too late

January 13th, 2012
6:44 pm

Jack Wilson signing has the Phillies, Marlins, Nationals and Mets shaking in their cleats………Jack Wilson will win 55 ball games by himself with this club…………………….gotcha…………….he is GARBAGE. This team under Liberty Media will NEVE I REPEAT NEVER………………..win a Divisional Title lets known a WS. Way to go Liberty!

Raffyael

January 13th, 2012
6:49 pm

Shoulda signed Jill instead of Jack. Maybe SHE can hit. Jack Wilson can’t hit…

Columbus

January 13th, 2012
6:50 pm

The Braves DO NOT HAVE PHILLY MONEY, only HALF AS MUCH and you BETTER be THANKFUL WE aHAVE AS GOOD OF A TEAM AS WE DO! GREAT pitching, a formidable lineup.(HALF THE TEAM SLUMPED AT THE PLATE LAST YEAR WHICH WILL NOT HAPPEN IN 2012)great closer. BAts pick upand they will, the Braves will be in the the hunt. We dont have another 90 million dollars to spend OK? The Phillies do and did. Phillies happend to be in the top 3 spending teams in baseball behind NY and BOSOX. Cubs and Mets are not far behind, but the Braves are doing it on HALF as much as the Phils and if not for lets see 1) half the team in a slump and 2)injuries to the starting pitching staff. The Phillies would have been in a figth to the end last year and the Braves would have SCARED anybody in the playoffs, including the Phillies. Hmmm the Phillies did not even make it to the World Series did they? NOPE. They got smoked. Sooo see you DONT have to win your division to win it all anyway. The Braves will bo oK with who they got IF they perform like at the levels they can or above. But several players slumping(McCann, Uggla, Heyward, Gonzalez, Prado)and All-Star quality starting pitchers go down(Jair, Hanson)you have no chance, no matter how much you SPEND. WHo you BUY might suck too. Ask Washington(Werth). Ask several teams….The Braves are OK. You cant do nothing about the big money spending teams they will be loaded. But if you have great pitching, you can compete with ANY team. ANY team! And with that pitching, the Braves have a lineup that can score a few runs and in the playoffs all it takes is 1 or 2 many games. This lineup is BETTER than the lineup 2 years ago that played the eventual world series champions to 5 one run games and extra inning games. Oh and where were the MIGHTY PHILLIES THAT YEAR? Screw the Phillies. Let them spend and spend and get knocked out in the playoffs by us mid-level spending teams! I love it!

jharber

January 13th, 2012
6:50 pm

Do as I have done, stay away from Turner Field, then and only then will Mr. Wren get the message

LAG

January 13th, 2012
6:55 pm

I return to the blog for the first time in months, and this place is still full of unemployed GMs.

It’s good to be back. :lol:

Steve

January 13th, 2012
6:56 pm

Is there a second JS letter coming?

Ueeediot

January 13th, 2012
6:58 pm

Lets give Pastornicky a chance. Until spring training comes around and some games are being played, we dont really know what he can do.

This team has no pitching, a weak outfield, a very weak left side of the infield and absolutely no back up plan for any of it. On the other hand, it is very possible that all of the following could happen at the same time for the Braves:

Hanson’s shoulder could heal to a level equal or better than before his injury,
Jurrjens could come back strong,
Chipper will play 140 games,
Pastornicky will be a rough diamond with a huge upside,
Heyward will get back on the ball,
McCann’s oblique will not be a problem anymore,
Hudson will get at least 215 innings again this year,
Another Braves pitcher will be in the top 80 pitchers in ERA or WHIP (yes, there were more than 79 other pitchers with a better ERA than your number 2 guy on the team today.)
Constanza will be durable for 150-160 games and play like he did for 1 month in 2011 all year in 2012.
Frank Wren will make an amazing trade or sign a true star
Freeman will not slump in his second season
Uggla will have less than 80 SOs and will bat over 287

IF most all of those things happen, and it looks like Frank Wren thinks they will… Im gonna start looking for WS tickets now.

The recipe is actually quite simple in my mind. Develop one single true cy young contender, trade for 1 cy young contender, sign one top notch free agent pitcher.

Felix

January 13th, 2012
6:59 pm

Just great!! Now, we taxpayers who have to fork out dollars to incarcerate convicts, have to watch them post blogs on the internet from some correctional facility? WTH??? Shouldn’t he be out on a work crew somewhere.

WTF????

blairjoyfulsound

January 13th, 2012
7:06 pm

I like this deal. At least he is better than Hicks. I wish folks would quit whining about changes (or lack thereof). We have a good team. The only thing that messed us up in September were McCann & Prado still not 100% after their injuries, and Hanson & Jurrjens were on the DL. Honestly, SS was the only place that needed help. And while I don’t think Pastornicky is the answer for 2012, there really wasn’t anyone out there worth getting. I know every fan wanted Rollins & Reyes, but they would have demanded a multi-year contract, which doesn’t make sense for the Braves when we have good SS prospects in Pastornicky & Simmons.

Remember, we don’t know everything that Wren doesn’t already know. I like that he hasn’t made a knee-jerk reaction to the Marlins & Nats trades/signings. Though, the Prado/Jurrjens/Prospect for Jones thing was kinda too close for comfort.

Felix

January 13th, 2012
7:11 pm

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stew

January 13th, 2012
7:14 pm

Why does everyone got Pasto going to replace Chip as the third baseman in 13? To play third or left we need someone who is capable of hitting 20 homers. Until we trade for Adam Jones and a decent replacement for Chip we’re not going anywhere.

Frank Wren

January 13th, 2012
7:17 pm

Dave: Me signing Wilson is great news isn’t it? Go ahead and call me brilliant. You can always count on me to get fans excited about Spring Training. I’m sure ticket sales will now go through the roof!

urban redneck

January 13th, 2012
7:38 pm

we really need other hobbies………it’s friday night, boys.

i would rather have had a-gon for another year, but this is fine. it’s a low risk move for us. take jj off the trade block so his value will increase. someone will want him later in the year.

we have a good team. we’re ok if the nats don’t get a certain chunky 1B. the fish made some solid moves, but they will not be contenders. our pitching will keep us in it, as always.

rayk

January 13th, 2012
7:40 pm

I actually thought Wren was on a sabbatical or in jail (for impersonating a GM) due to the lack of any moves for a while. they sent out that JS letter really fast, but talk is cheap.
now, all the braves need is about 40 more homers and they can manage to sneak into 3rd place.
this is the outcome when you combine an indifferent owner and a barely mediocre GM .
they collect pitchers like kids collect baseball cards and refuse to let go. why accept anything less than 3 studs for Jurgens when you can wait and get nothing for him later .

Felipe Davis

January 13th, 2012
7:58 pm

Man, summa yous think that just because summa us fans want a legit LF that we need Philly money. Wrong. Just need a GM with a brain to pull off the trade.

Largo

January 13th, 2012
7:58 pm

Decent move. It serves the purpose.

Lonnie Smith

January 13th, 2012
8:02 pm

TAKE THAT NL EAST!!!!!!

The Braves ticket sales dept is now swamped with season ticket request! We now have great buzz and excitement heading into the season!!!! Can’t wait!!!! AHHH!!

Mister Frisky

January 13th, 2012
8:06 pm

Make room for another 230 hitter.4th place.

Bob in SF

January 13th, 2012
8:20 pm

A house plant with a baseball glove duct taped to it would be an upgrade over Julio Lugo and wouldn’t adjust itself quite as much either.

Decatur Brave

January 13th, 2012
8:28 pm

How are we suppose to compete with the rest of the teams in the NL East with these lackluster moves?

Nelson

January 13th, 2012
8:35 pm

Wilson good glove but a ruled out, what a joke!!!! 4th place behind Phillies, Marlins and Nationals!!!!!

Nelson

January 13th, 2012
8:42 pm

Bottom Line: The Braves are not the Braves anymore!!!!

Mister Frisky

January 13th, 2012
8:45 pm

Too bad Chipper will go out surrounded by this collection of stiffs.Larry ask for a trade to an AL contender you deserve much better.

Bob the Blogger

January 13th, 2012
8:48 pm

I don’t think Alex G. wanted to sign with the Braves for one year as a backup to Pastornicky.

Mister Frisky

January 13th, 2012
8:50 pm

Might as well have Terd on the roster this year.He will have plenty of company.

Jamesh

January 13th, 2012
9:09 pm

Do all the people bitching and whining about the Braves not doing anything realize there is a reason why they havent? First of those bitching about the lack of spending. You have to have the money to spend and the Braves have very little. That’s the owners fault not the teams. Secondly those bitching about the lack of a big trade. A big deal doesn’t just happen both sides have to agree so just blaming Wren is wrong when it could be the other GM wanting to much like the O’s crazy price for Adam Jones or it could be the other GM not offering us enough like the Rockies wanting Prado for just Seth Smith. Lastly just because the Nationals and Marlins made moves doesn’t make them automatically better. Fact is Braves won 89 games despite key injuries and slumps by key players. All the Braves need is for those players namely Heyward and Prado to bounce back and Uggla to be consistent all year abd the team is already a lot better if that happens.

Chronic Tonic

January 13th, 2012
9:09 pm

Braves need a proactive owner. Its sad to be on the brink of the World Series but let not signing a LF star stop it. For you kool-aid drinkers, I’ll give you $10 for every home run Heyward hits over 15 and you give me $10 for every home run he hits under 25. Heyward is a Michael Tucker. .271 11 47

Rico

January 13th, 2012
9:11 pm

A move that amounts to nothing. No added value to improving the team.

B-F 52

January 13th, 2012
9:14 pm

bring em on this could be our year tied for first place

Rico

January 13th, 2012
9:21 pm

We had a shotstop, but he didn’t fit the culture in Atlanta.

kwajbraves

January 13th, 2012
9:37 pm

Yankees signed Kuroda and trade Montero to M’s for Pineda. They have significantly upgraded their rotation in less than 3 hours.

1eyedJack

January 13th, 2012
9:39 pm

I don’t remember anybody jumping up and down when the Braves signed Rafael Belliard either.

JoeBrave

January 13th, 2012
10:05 pm

omfg, Damn what a move! DISGUSTED is an understatement! Wren at this moment can got to hell!

Ralph

January 13th, 2012
10:13 pm

Turdo will be our 3rd baseman before the 2012 season ends, Chip will not hold up.

gcs

January 13th, 2012
10:13 pm

The Braves are looking for power hitters, right?
So why not $1 million for a guy who has 6 home runs over the past 4 seasons and 0 since 2009? Makes sense, right?
I guess Greg Norton changed his mind on a comeback.

Joe 12-Pack

January 13th, 2012
10:24 pm

Are you REALLY comparing Rafael Belliard to Jack Wilson?!
Belliard was a glove wizard and a STARTER.
Wilson is a 33-year old back-up at the end of his career with a mediocre glove.
In 11 seasons, Wilson has 135 errors.
Belliard had 76 errors in his WHOLE career – 17 seasons.

Bama Braves

January 13th, 2012
10:32 pm

I see the marketing campaign for the 2012 season……The 2012 Braves …..Get Excited About The Recycled Crap We’re Putting On The Field……We Promise To Try Hard…..

Ralph

January 13th, 2012
10:49 pm

Just like the rest of you I would love to see our team in the WS this year but it just isn’t going to happen, 3rd place at best. Because of budget restrictions its not in the cards this year. 2013 could be a different story though. With the cash saved from this year departure of Kawakami, McClouth, and Lowe plus next season Chipper, Bourn and Hudson leaving there could be a reserve of approx $60 million to spend for 2013. If they do trade Prado and JJ I beleive it should be to further reduce payroll and get prospects in return. Another thing would be to trade McCann after this season for youth and unload Uggla’s payroll. All this would give us about $85 million to make needed additions to our crop of very young players, Heyward, Pastronicky, Freeman, The Turd, Bethencourt our superior crop of young pitchers and others obtained through mentioned trades. I know we wouldn’t do much this season but were not going to anyway then 2013 and for many years to come we should be unbeatable,

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