Braves sign Janish to 1-year contract

NASHVILLE – The Braves quietly avoided arbitration with backup infielder Paul Janish, signing the veteran earlier in the offseason to a one-year contract believed to be worth a little less than $1 million.

The deal went unannounced and came about after Janish agreed to put off having shoulder surgery so he would potentially be available to play for the Braves if they advanced deep into the postseason.

He had surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder soon after their loss to St. Louis in the NL wild card game. Braves general manager Frank Wren said Janish might be back by late April, but they won’t have a better idea of the timetable until spring training.

Janish hit just .186 with a .269 on-base percentage and career-worst .502 OPS in 55 games for the Braves, but was a valuable contributor with steady defense at shortstop while filling in for injured rookie Andrelton Simmons. The Braves got Janish from Cincinnati in a trade after Simmons broke his hand sliding in the last game before the All-Star break.

Janish, who turned 30 in October, dislocated the shoulder making a diving defensive play at shortstop in a Sept. 18 game at Miami. He said he sustained partial dislocations to the same shoulder at least seven or eight times in previous years, but this injury was more severe and included a partially torn labrum.

He made $850,000 last season in his first year of arbitration and was projected to make about $900,000 this year if the Braves had gone through with the arbitration process.

Janish has a .221 career average and .289 OBP with seven homers and 79 RBIs in 379 games during parts of five seasons with the Reds and Braves. His best season was 2010, when he .260 with five homers, 25 RBIs and a .338 OBP in 200 at-bats for the Reds.

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bbkorbel

December 3rd, 2012
5:21 pm

First (to say that is) a good signing for a good backup player!

bbkorbel

December 3rd, 2012
5:21 pm

First (to say that is) a good signing for a good backup player!

Geaux Braves

December 3rd, 2012
5:23 pm

Great. Now we can easily afford to trade Simmons for Upton… NOT

Virginia Brave Fan

December 3rd, 2012
5:31 pm

Giants re-sign Pagan. The pool of available players gets smaller. I hope we avoid Victorino.

JT Grace

December 3rd, 2012
5:54 pm

Hopefully this was a minor league contract and not a major league contract. He is terrible.

Rev Buddy Greene

December 3rd, 2012
5:59 pm

worthwhile bench player. I am all about seeing players like janish and jordan shafer coming off the bench. wouldnt be opposed to seeing a similar deal go out to chone figgins.

Virginia Brave Fan

December 3rd, 2012
6:08 pm

Janish is not terrible. He is a terrific defensive shortstop. I wonder if Frank Wren can convince Towers to take Pastornicky instead of Simmons. Say, Pastornicky and Tehran for Upton? With Simmons, Ahmed and Janish, not sure we need Pastornicky in the system anymore.

Chop Chop

December 3rd, 2012
6:10 pm

Total waste of a signing here. You can find guys with great gloves and no offense in the minors and pay even less. “Durrrrr. Janish is big-leaguer so, here, take money.”

No. 1 Braves Fan

December 3rd, 2012
6:16 pm

Since the Braves are not likely to trade Simmons and Janish is signed as his backup, where does Pastornicky fit in?

urban redneck

December 3rd, 2012
6:20 pm

nice move. go bravos.

Gil in Mechanicsville

December 3rd, 2012
6:21 pm

Look for Janinsh to improve at the plate this season. it’s pretty tough to hit with a bad shoulder, just ask BMac.

braveslover

December 3rd, 2012
6:30 pm

Walker will work with him a lot but Janish will be behind when he gets well to start with. He’ll have to spend 3 or 4 weeks getting baseball ready before he will be on the big league team. Bottom line don’t count on Paul improving much offensively. As I remember he wasn’t much of a bunter either so that may be where Walker starts with him so he can pinch bunt and run the bases then fill in as a defensive specialist. Man, if he could just hit he would be a great super sub on the infield with his fielding ability.

GaryinBham

December 3rd, 2012
6:36 pm

Every signing gets the same avalanche of negatives. Janisch was a valuable pickup at a very important time last year. Critical. Good gloves are NOT a dime a dozen. Ask the Braves about that in their last game…In the words of Charlie Brown, “Good grief.” Glad he’s back.

nobody

December 3rd, 2012
6:37 pm

Does anyone know how much Jason Bay is asking? He could fill a bench spot and if he returns to form he would be a steal.

Tommy Boggs

December 3rd, 2012
6:44 pm

Sign Victorino to platoon with either Costanza or Schafer coming out of Spring training.
I would rather have the Pastor on my bench instead of Baywatch. Need some speed, we have plenty of guys that will swing for the downs and strike out a bunch.

Paddy

December 3rd, 2012
6:59 pm

JT Gace……Hard to offer a minor league contract worth 900,000 to a player that is not considered a part of the team for 2013. I don’t remember the Braves offering to release him and Janish accepting a minor league assignment. Don’t understand how you came up with that kind of question?

Who Me?

December 3rd, 2012
7:02 pm

good Defense, but I don’t think we saw the real jannish this year. Bum shoulder kills you on follow-through, very hard to be effective. At least i’m hoping it was an abberation….

BravesFan79

December 3rd, 2012
7:08 pm

THIS IS THE MOVE THAT WILL PUT US OVER THE TOP….. OMG BREAKING NEWS!

Hugh Jass

December 3rd, 2012
7:13 pm

People get obsessed with offensive stats but a lot of players have RBIs in their glove. Good signing.

Comfortably Dumb

December 3rd, 2012
7:22 pm

Braves fans make me not want to be a Braves fan anymore. F all of you. Stupid asses.

Angel Eyes

December 3rd, 2012
7:33 pm

WAKE UP WREN

Largo

December 3rd, 2012
7:42 pm

Defense wise nobody could have filled in for Simmons any better than Janish did this year. He isn’t much with the bat but well worth the money in the field.

milt famey

December 3rd, 2012
7:45 pm

Janish may not make the 25 man roster but will be good insurance at Gwinnett. I think the Rev will be our backup SS on the active roster. I hope FW will take a look at Brent Lillibridge as a utility man. He recently refused a minor league assigment and became a FA.

Glove

December 3rd, 2012
7:54 pm

Janish made some spectacular plays last year. Fielding errors booted the Braves from the post-season, so he is a valuable piece for late-innings, injury relief, etc. Hitting will improve under Walker and a repaired shoulder. I am glad Janish is back.

Lee in S GA

December 3rd, 2012
7:56 pm

if this guy gets signed it has to make you wonder…..no wonder MLB is losing the younger generations attention and the NBA is gaining it…keep this up ant baseball will be the 3rd national past-time sport

jbill

December 3rd, 2012
7:56 pm

Hey Boggs–Victorino is asking for 4 year 40 million and you want Braves to sign and platoon him with Schafer and Constanza….Holy Cow….lol

Tommy Boggs

December 3rd, 2012
8:06 pm

Hey jbill, people are asking for icewater in hell. His price is going to come down. The platoon is nice because it also give us a fourth outfielder with speed and good glove. Victorino wore out lefties, Schafer will hit the righties. If Costanza looks better in Spring he makes it instead of Schafer. This will solve the leadoff spot.
What is your suggestion, sign Jason Bay?

Angel Eyes

December 3rd, 2012
8:09 pm

Could have had Fowler but he doesn’t want to give up his precious pitching. Pitching doesn’t score runs. WE NEED OFFENSE

Bill M.

December 3rd, 2012
8:30 pm

The Braves are not making any noise. Wonder whats going on. Would you rather give up Simmons or Minor or neither. It’s going to take something like that to get a LF.

Bob Horner

December 3rd, 2012
8:36 pm

He has the best nickname on the team.. Yanni. That’s not ghey at all, is it?

steverino

December 3rd, 2012
8:41 pm

Simmons as starter w/Janish on hand is a good combo. Janish didn’t hit much, (we knew that when we got him), buit got a few timely RBI hits IIRC. He makes the occasional spectacular play, and more importantly. he doesn’t make routine plays LOOK spectacular.

DaveinNEPA

December 3rd, 2012
8:46 pm

To me, signing Janish as a backup infielder was a no-brainer. He may not be much of a hitter but there isn’t anything wrong with the defense he provided.

A couple of posters commented about “trading Pastornicky instead of Simmons for a LFer. Didn’t you guys watch any games last season when Pastornicky was at SS???? We couldn’t get a 2 week old grilled cheese sandwich for Pastornicky. The only thing that can be said for his play at SS is that he’s a 2bman in waiting. No range, no arm.

Just why do you suppose that Wren acquired Janish when Simmons got hurt instead of putting Pastor back into the SS position? Didn’t anyone notice how much better the Braves pitching got after Simmons and then Janish began playing SS? It wasn’t a coincidence.

JUNKYARD DAWG

December 3rd, 2012
8:48 pm

Good move now lets go and get Hamilton.

Speedy Gonezalez

December 3rd, 2012
8:50 pm

.186? Janish stinks, we have Pastornicky, this is a wasted roster spot! C’mon man! Wake up FW!!!!!!

Speedy Gonezalez

December 3rd, 2012
8:50 pm

.186? Janish stinks, we have Pastornicky, this is a wasted roster spot! C’mon man! Wake up FW!!!!!!

Bob the Blogger

December 3rd, 2012
8:55 pm

I would consider Francisco at 3rd with Prado in right before I would go for left fielder who is not a particularly good fit, or is too expensive in terms of dollars or players. Wren has said that the players that fit their plan are scarce, and that most of the good available players are not good fits. Another option is Constanza. Some say he can’t hit ML pitching on a daily basis, but how would we know – he’s only had limited opportunities, and he did winning the AAA batting title. If those two options don’t work out, then make a trade.

Go 4 You

December 3rd, 2012
9:18 pm

Can’t wait until Spring Practice! Bring it on Braves! NL East Champs, National League Champs and win the World Series beating the Yankees!…Great season ahead of us! Well, I can dream can I not? Go Braves!

Mark

December 3rd, 2012
9:33 pm

Janish will be in the minors. No way you can have a defensive specialist that can’t hit a lick on the bench because bench players have to be able to pinch hit. Janish can’t do that.

dap01

December 3rd, 2012
9:34 pm

Most of these posts are from ignorant baseball fans who have no idea how to value defense. They have no idea that giving Victorino a 4 year for $40 million is bad. They sing the blues because the first day of winter meetings have passed without a new player.

Do yall remember how badly the Braves played with Pastor at SS? Do you remember how Janish stablized the who team with his defense?

Be patient. Yall have the sports IQ of a ESPN, Notre Dame fan.

PS. The goon defensive player from Bamer who hit Murray is a thug.

Angel Eyes

December 3rd, 2012
10:08 pm

off to work see ya

Sam Holbrook

December 3rd, 2012
10:10 pm

Infield fly! Infield fly!

ChipperisGod

December 3rd, 2012
10:13 pm

Great move, love Janish. Key defensive cog, and the guy can hit when he needs to. Came up with a couple of big hits. Good for depth defensively considering Andy got injured a few times down the stretch.

Brandon

December 3rd, 2012
10:28 pm

Great signing. Janish is one of the most solid defenders I’ve seen in years.

@Angel Eyes – Minor had a 2.16 ERA .197 opp ba. 0.870 whip in the second half last season. He finally began to develop into one of the reliable starters that the braves need. Now you suggest trading him?

Teheran and Delgado have yet to consistently prove themselves at the major league level. Beachy wont be back until around the all star break. Hanson and Jurrjens are gone ( no real complaint there), so the only sure pitchers we would have would be medlen hudson and maholm, not to mention the inconsistencies of hudson last season and the fact the medlen will likely regress( still be a good pitcher though). It would be quite silly to trade minor at this point. Remember all the games the braves lost or had to come from behind last season because of inconsistencies from minor(in first half), jurrjens, hanson, and delgado. Good pitching wins games

The braves could very well keep prado in left and francisco at third before they trade minor for fowler.

the truth...

December 3rd, 2012
10:45 pm

ANY OF YOU WHO SAY OR THINK SIGNING JANISH IS A WASTE……….

you know nothing about baseball……….go watch Dancing With the Stars and quit preteneding to know something on a baseball blog………..

Darryl Blackberry

December 3rd, 2012
11:23 pm

I like Janish, but I agree that the Rev would’ve been just as good, and cheaper. (Unless maybe Frank’s prepared to trade Pastornicky soon…)

Drew

December 3rd, 2012
11:44 pm

I thought Pastornicky was going to be trained at 2B and 3B with the possibility of being a utility at those positions if the need came about. Maybe another Prado. Remember that before Prado became Prado, he was kind of just a filler piece.

Joe Adcock

December 4th, 2012
12:19 am

Good news signing Janish! Solid veteran defensive specialist.Let the man make a little money here for a year. “The Pastor” is a man with mostly what you look for. Good glove, good bat, good speed. But where do you play him? I say dump Uggla (Hey, the Hawks got a taker for Joe Johnson’s ridiculous contract!) didn’t they? I would think he has the skill set to maybe turn into a solid second baseman. He’s young and the Braves need to get younger. He should be hungry and willing to make this roster. We shall see.

Mitchell

December 4th, 2012
1:12 am

Man, Paul Janish… completely forgot about that guy.

I miss baseball. I wish the season could start up again tomorrow but kind of stopped keeping up with the Braves there for a while.

He’s pretty good.

I like Paul Janish.

A ringing endorsement.

Teddy B

December 4th, 2012
1:26 am

Frank Wren shakes the earth from ATL yet again with this mega-move! First we had to suffer through “GM Wars!”, followed by “The Frankie Strikes Back!”, and finally we get to see “Return of the Wren!” unfold before our eyes.

If baseball was Star Wars Frank would rock, but its not and he doesn’t!

lifelongbravesfan

December 4th, 2012
2:02 am

Can Janish play 2nd? Uggla is what you call terrible.

smallmouth6

December 4th, 2012
7:06 am

Good signing.Fantastic job by Janish last year. Anyone who doesn’t know that didn’t watch the Braves play.

Educated Idiot

December 4th, 2012
7:50 am

A great sign for a solid backup player. He’s a strong defensive shortstop who already knows the ins and outs of the Braves organization.

Not every player can go out and hit the fabled solo 3-run home run every at bat. Gotta make sure you’ve got guys who can catch the ball first.

Nativebird

December 4th, 2012
8:37 am

Oh thank God…..now we can relax.

HAL

December 4th, 2012
9:00 am

most important play of all last year had our braves in the field and meds induced a nice lil two hopper to outface of the franchise 3rd baseman who promtly threw it into the right field corener while our gold glove right fielder watched with distain lol yea who nneds defence when you can rake errr leves im assuming mabe too cover a duck blind lmao

jj

December 4th, 2012
9:30 am

A good move by Frank to sign “Yanni”.I guess most don’t remember when Packman filled this same roll for Braves during 90’s.You need a good glove at SS to sub for Simmons IF he needs a rest or hurt.

Josh

December 4th, 2012
9:44 am

Not sure how any of us expect him to improve at the plate. He’s a 30yr.old vet known for his defense. He is what he is…. unless we can hire Chipper to be a hitting coach????

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rjb at DC

December 4th, 2012
10:51 am

I think the most interesting part of the story was the deal was apparently inked a while back, but not announced. Making it public now at the winter meetings opens the door to potentially include Pastornicky in any upcoming deal. He had a rough start at SS for Atlanta, but he can be a solid utility guy, and am surprised that I have not heard this winter that the braves have him somewhere learning how to play the outfield.

jax

December 4th, 2012
10:51 am

McCann -MIGHT be back after All Star Game

Beachy-MIGHT be back in August,2013

Janish-MIGHT be back in late April

Simmons MIGHT be back to how he played before injury

Peter

December 4th, 2012
11:15 am

WOW.. Amazing……. the lower the batting average… the more the Braves pay…….

What a concept !!!!!!

Mark (another one)

December 4th, 2012
11:24 am

The Braves have two players who have proven they can play SS at the major league level. It doesn’t do us any good to get great pitching if the infield can’t get the outs. Simmons is the projected starter, and Janish will be on the bench. Janish will also backup Prado and Uggla. Having a sure infield glove on the bench is exteremly valuable to a team that focuses on pitching and defense.

Pastornicky should be focusing on becoming a utility type player that can play SS in a pinch. He’s real role is utility player and pinch hitter. On another team, he might make a good 2nd baseman but Uggla is their for the Braves.

What the Braves need is another proven major league outfielder that can hit. Otherwise we will enter the season with Franciso competing to play third, moving Prado to LF. Or, with Gattis competing for LF and Prado playing 3rd. Neither Franciso or Gattis has shown that either would work long term. Baseball is a long season and consistent performance will be the key.

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Nativebird

December 4th, 2012
12:32 pm

This means Pastornicky is on the block and available for packaging. They never liked the kid at the big league level although all he did was perform for them. What they expect…..A-Rod? I suspect there was (is) personality “differences” here in the end. Gonzalez expects his ring kissed by players with less than 3 in. And while Simmons is the (much) better SS in the end….Andrelton doesn’t have a personality…at all. Just plays.

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ATLcracker

December 4th, 2012
1:27 pm

This is a good move only if Janish has agreed to sit at AAA and take his money unless Simmons is injured. You are never going to take Simmons out for a pinch hitter or a defensive replacement. That bench spot needs to be taken by a hitter. Prado is your emergency shortstop until Janish could be called up.

henry tn

December 4th, 2012
1:30 pm

geaux braves how stupid to want to trade a potential super star short stop for a little more than medium out fielder justin uption

DavidC

December 4th, 2012
2:23 pm

Including Pastornicky in a deal is equivalent to including a ham sandwich.

BamaGuy

December 4th, 2012
3:48 pm

Once again, The Dawgs Shat the bed….

Paddy

December 4th, 2012
4:52 pm

Atlcracker……..Janish is not going to accept a AAA assignment from any team. He can and will be a bench player somewhere in the Big Leagues if not w/ the Braves. The Braves did not sign him to reassign him. He would refuse because of LOS and he knows he is a valuable asset. Come on now, get real!

BRAVELESS

December 4th, 2012
5:35 pm

How can the Braves pay Janish a million dollars when Simmons will probably make less than half that amount.

DJ

December 4th, 2012
8:05 pm

The comments on here saying that Janish was a bad signing are not privvy to the game of baseball at all. The dude is not known for his bat at all, but is defense is above average. Whatever he brings to the plate is a plus. Keep in mind the dude had a bad shoulder last season. I am glad you guys are not the Braves GM. Trying being in FWs shoes plus dealing with a restricted payroll commitment from Liberty Media and let’s see if you can produce a 94 win team like he did in 2012. GO BRAVES!!!

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Braves Fan Since 1966

December 4th, 2012
9:12 pm

Braves gave the Reds a good pitcher for Janish because they were up against it at the time, so now they have to make the best of it or look at it like Janish is insurance. On the other hand, guys that can actually play short are in short supply in the American league. Maybe they can throw Janish in as an add-on to some future deal.

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Paddy

December 6th, 2012
12:17 pm

Braveless…………It is called the CBA. You play by the rules that are agreed upon. One is LOS. That is why a vet gets more $ than a rookie.

ATLBRVFN

December 6th, 2012
1:27 pm

25 guys on the team and they only field 9. Think about that. Ya its a no brainer to have everyone with a good BA, but is that realistic? Janish was chosen for his D, he is a catch and throw guy and has amazing range. It’s about opportunites for outs and with Janish in there Picters have more out opportunities for outs. Top defensive SS for the month of Aug. Top Defensive SS for the NL a couple years ago. This guy will be playing the get away days and in defensive situations, and yes the man can bunt…very well. No brain signing, and talk about class the guy is giving up immediate surgery and willing to play hurt for the team he hasn’t signed yet with? That says some thing about the person under the uniform and the trust he has in the organization and the trust the organization has in him. That my friends is a true pro ball player.

ATLcracker

December 7th, 2012
4:59 pm

I love watching Janish play defense. The point is for this Braves team he is very rarely going to play in the field. You will never take Simmons out for a pinch hitter or defensive replacement. Janish is not a major league hitter. Remember the Reds had him sitting at AAA because they couldn’t carry his bat, I’m sure they knew how good his defense was. A great defensive player who can’t hit is not an asset if he’s not on the field playing defense. That bench spot needs to be taken by a hitter or at the very least speed.

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