Braves Acquire Infielder Jack Wilson

The Atlanta Braves have made their second trade of the day, acquiring infielder Jack Wilson from the Seattle Mariners. Wilson has played shortstop, third base, and second base this season, but has primarily been a shortstop in his career.

Wilson is currently hitting .249/.283/.295, and will probably serve as the backup infielder, though current Braves starting shortstop Alex Gonzalez is hitting just .228/.257/.343, so maybe Jack gets some starts. Wilson provides a decent upgrade over Julio Lugo, who is currently hitting .136/.208/.136 in very limited duty, though Lugo has a higher career OPS (.716) than Wilson (.677). Wilson is also a few years younger than Lugo.

Wilson is currently on the disabled list with a bruised left heel. He will apparently be ready to come off the DL in two to three days. According to Frank Wren, Braves scouts watched Wilson work out, and are confident he will be ready soon.

This is not too much of an upgrade over Lugo, but Lugo was clearly not doing much, so I guess the team might as well try someone else. Wilson has not pinch hit this year, but in his career he has a .452 average as a pinch hitter (14-for-31). The Braves apparently also get "cash" back from the M's, Jack is making $5 million this year, and the Braves trade their second "Player to be Named Later" of the day.

Wilson currently has the third-most games played (1,313) among active players without reaching the postseason, behind Adam Dunn and Vernon Wells (hat tip Jayson Stark). Hopefully he comes back healthy and is able to break that streak with this Atlanta team.

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