Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
The Braves acquired infielder Paul Janish from the Reds Saturday in exchange for pitcher Todd Redmond. The Braves have been trying to acquire a shortstop since Andrelton Simmons broke his right hand last Sunday.
Janish, who will report to the Braves Sunday, played all season at Triple-A Louisville and hit .237 in 49 games. He played 114 games with the Reds in 2011 and hit .214.
“In evaluating after Simmons was hurt and talking to our scouts, we felt Janish was the best defensive shortstop out there that we could acquire,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “He was the number one guy on our list. … He is a proven defensive talent and we felt for our club that was the most important aspect of the acquisition.”
Wren said the corresponding roster move would “not necessarily” be to return Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett. The team called up Pastornicky Saturday after utility infielder Jack Wilson was injured Friday.
Wren said the Braves were looking at “three or four” shortstops. He did not name other players the team pursued but Yankees minor-leaguer Ramiro Pena is believed to be one.
“We were the pursuers so you can’t necessarily dictate the timetable,” Wren said of the Braves’ search. “[The Reds] had other clubs [interested in Janish]. They were talking to three different clubs this morning about him. There are other clubs looking for shortstops who’ve had injuries. It came down to us and two other teams.”
Janish, 29, has three arbitration-eligible seasons before he can become a free agent.
Redmond, a right-hander, was 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA for Triple-A Gwinnett this season. He was scheduled to be a minor-league free agent after this year. He will report to Triple-A Louisville. In 199 career minor-league appearances, including 193 starts, Redmond is 69-56 with a 3.57 ERA.
- Chris Vivlamore