Braves Re-Sign Paul Janish

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

The Braves avoided arbitration with Paul Janish, agreeing to a one-year contract.

It's hard to believe that Paul Janish played more games at shortstop for the 2012 Atlanta Braves than either Andrelton Simmons or Tyler Pastornicky (or Jack Wilson... or Martin Prado). While he played terrific defense, he didn't hit his weight, batting well below the Mendoza line.

So with that in mind the Braves have re-signed Janish to a deal worth just under one million for one year. I suppose that's what Rafael Belliard would get nowadays, and that's how we should think of Janish -- a no-hit, all-glove shortstop, who will likely only be a backup to Simmons this season.

Of course he had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in the off-season and might not be back for the start of the season. I guess defense is worth a lot to the Braves, and I did enjoy the defense that Janish showed last year, but I also like guys that can hit; so Janish is a bit of a frustrating player in that regard.

With that injury rehab, expect Tyler Pastornicky to start the year as the Braves backup shortstop. He's the opposite of Janish -- Rev can hit, but isn't the best defender.

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