Braves To Sign Jack Wilson

The Braves have agreed to re-sign shortstop Jack Wilson to a one-year deal, MLB.com's Mark Bowman tweets. The PSI Sports Management client will earn a $1MM base salary and could earn $500K more by reaching incentives, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (Twitter links).

Wilson, 34, hit .243/.274/.285 for the Mariners and Braves in 2011, appearing at second, short and third. Better known for his defense than for his offense, Wilson has a 5.0 UZR/150 for his career. He figures to back up prospect Tyler Pastornicky at short and could spell Chipper Jones at third base if necessary.


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63 Comments on "Braves To Sign Jack Wilson"


jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

And here I didn’t think the Braves were going to sign any big name free agents…. Oh wait… Nevermind.

ebraves
3 years 7 months ago

That’ll work

michael hughes
3 years 7 months ago

As a Braves fan I’m just thinking it could have been worse.

ObamaDinoKiller
3 years 7 months ago

nice signing, braves. it won’t be wilson’s fault when they choke at the end of the year because he’ll have been on the dl for months

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 7 months ago

Phillies fan?  I mean…your boys only got a step further than the Braves, right?  NLCS, Ryan Howard tearing Achilles, right? 

I GUESS that was worth 80 million more in payroll…

Just sayin…

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

Ryan’s go-ahead RBI’s in Game One were solid.
@Sam… didn’t Jack Wilson make a big error in game 162?

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 7 months ago

He sure did.  Easy double play.  And blow it, the Braves did.  But no reason to talk smack like you guys ended up doin’ anything yourselves, right?

Its all good.  A little healthy rivalry never hurt anyone.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

Love a good rivalry. It’s why I wish the Mets weren’t awful.

If the Braves were healthy they wouldn’t have choked.

Both teams came up short, the only difference was one came up short a week later, so I agree, no use talking smack. Both teams should have been in the NLCS.

bravesdude
3 years 7 months ago

Hey , if any team is gonna win it all , I would much rather a team from our own division win it , like the Phillies . Both are teams are gonna be very good this year . The Phillies are really the only team that scares me in our division .

michael hughes
3 years 7 months ago

Florida makes me a little nervous.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

they’ll do the same thing they do every year. They’ll compete for a while only to crash and burn mid-summer

bravesdude
3 years 7 months ago

Exactly .

ObamaDinoKiller
3 years 7 months ago

i believe so. thank you

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 7 months ago

Hahaha…I can’t wait until baseball season.

This would be like me $%&* talking because the Falcons made the playoffs while the ‘Dream Team’…well…

3 years 7 months ago

Yeah Sam H your line-up is old and you will only compete bc of your pitching. The Phillies aren’t the same team from 08-09

ObamaDinoKiller
3 years 7 months ago

i’m afraid you’re right. i try not to think about that

Aaron Egnor
3 years 7 months ago

Good mentor for Pastornicky.  Could have been a lot worse.  #JulioLugoContract

Brv Rocks
3 years 7 months ago

Blech….was hoping they would sign Theriot.

101andCounting
3 years 7 months ago

Why? At least Wilson plays good defense and can back up Chipper.

I’m speaking, of course, as someone who had to deal with Theriot’s absurd attempts at playing shortstop for three years

Brv Rocks
3 years 7 months ago

Because I had to deal with watching Jack Wilson attempt to hit a baseball last year.

101andCounting
3 years 7 months ago

My sympathies, good sir. My sympathies.

Jeff
3 years 7 months ago

That was A-Gon’s job.  Jack Wilson’s was hitting it weakly.

michael hughes
3 years 7 months ago

I’d rather have Wilson off the bench and give Pastornicky a chance than having the front office pretend to fill the hole at short by having Theriot start.

Brv Rocks
3 years 7 months ago

I wouldn’t want Theriot to start.  But they need more of a bat off the bench than Jack Wilson.

michael hughes
3 years 7 months ago

I was afraid that if they signed Theriot they would start him because he’s better regarded by fans and they have hinted that they don’t think Pastornicky is ready yet.

Jeff
3 years 7 months ago

Hinske, Ross if Freddy used him.  They got a couple options.  Drew Sutton maybe?

3 years 7 months ago

I’ve always liked Jack Wilson. No one’s expecting him to come in and be Jose Reyes, but he’s a good mentor and seems like a good guy to have around a shortstop you’re trying to groom. The open letter he wrote to the Pirate’s Fanbase after he was traded was one of the classier moves I’ve seen in awhile.

roberty
3 years 7 months ago

Awesome name!!!

3 years 7 months ago

OK Cobby just keep sticking up for the Greg Nortons of the world.

3 years 7 months ago

As opposed to what, pray tell?

3 years 7 months ago

The Milton Bradleys, of course.

3 years 7 months ago

Spell Chipper at 3rd if necessary? You mean when necessary

BraveCrowe
3 years 7 months ago

so much negativity in the fan base of the braves…sheesh…the way some fans act we should have went out and traded for Tulo and then gave up the bank on Reyes to be our backup, but im sure people would still complain about that as well.

Wilson fits the mold perfectly for what we wanted, can play 2nd, short and third, and better yet he is Cheap. I like the signing!

michael hughes
3 years 7 months ago

I definitely like the signing. I think it’s an indication that they’re at least going to give pastornicky a shot. If Tyler even meets my, fairly low, expectations he’ll still be a slight upgrade over gonzalez and better than any one we could reasonably expect to get on the FA market or in a trade. 

3 years 7 months ago

Seriously. Hes a nice backup to have. And for 1MM? Sounds like a good deal

DK8
3 years 7 months ago

I would have preferred a minor league deal.  Wilson can’t hit a lick, and I’m not sure at his age if he is as good defensively as he once was.  Don’t think that’s worth even a million bucks.

lefty177
3 years 7 months ago

they want a mixture of Zimmerman, Tulo, & Cano’s abilities as their 1-player backup

In reply to: Brave Crowe

BraveCrowe
3 years 7 months ago

one can wish haha

Michael Wahl
3 years 7 months ago

Perfect signing for what they were looking for. I can’t wait to see Tyler play in person this spring.

Justin Bobko
3 years 7 months ago

should have traded for brendan ryan. wilson’s defense is not what it once was, and with a .243/.274/.285 slash it certainly does not compensate for the complete dearth of offense he supplies, not for a million dollar salary.

pirates20
3 years 7 months ago

considering that was in limited duty, a .243/.274/.285 metric isn’t the worst possible array of stats. when healthy, and provided he stays that way throughout the season, jack is more than capable of hitting near a .260 batting average. not a bad signing for the bravos at all.

Brv Rocks
3 years 7 months ago

You guys applauding this move seem to forget that Jack Wilson will need to be a pinch hitter occasionally.  The Braves have a horrifically weak bench and this signing weakens it further. I hope Drew Sutton beats out Wilson in Spring Training.

michael hughes
3 years 7 months ago

Is their bench really that weak? Ross and Hinske are two of the best players off the bench in the NL.

ebraves
3 years 7 months ago

true, but sadly Fredi wont use Ross as PH…
There were too many perfect opportunities last year to use Ross and he didn’t.

3 years 7 months ago

or they could re-sign and caryy jc boscan……….. (that was a joke)

CowboyJames
3 years 7 months ago

JC got himself a big hit one time

Jay212033
3 years 7 months ago

I really like Sutton and he still could have a spot on the bench, I’d trade Diaz and have my bench as Ross, Hinske, Sutton(who can play the OF as well), Wilson, Constanza/Durango

3 years 7 months ago

The Braves can revive Fan Fest with this signing! =P

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

Do I see the words “Braves sign…” be still my beating heart!!!! Welcome back Jack, I’ve always liked him :)

bravesdude
3 years 7 months ago

Hoo-ray . We finally made some news . I’m ok with it , I guess . Now we will have to wait and see if anything else happens with a trade or if we just stand pat . I didn’t expect the Uggla trade last year , so anything is possible .

3 years 7 months ago

I really wanted to see the Braves trade for Maicer Izturis but I guess this signing is a signal that there is no trade with the Angels for Izturis. Now is the time to start hoping that Pastornicky comes to the big leagues with some instant offense.

Rusty_Arcadia
3 years 7 months ago

That would have been a great move. Maybe the Angels wanted too much in return or just weren’t willing to part with Izturis. 

Braves1976
3 years 7 months ago

The Angels only wanted Martinez or Varvaro. The deal didn’t happen because of the Braves needing to move JJ or Prado to be able to take on Izturis contract. Izturis makes almost 4 mil (3.8 mil) this season and that is too rich for the Braves.

tomymogo
3 years 7 months ago

Well good defense….at least

3 years 7 months ago

meh, it’s not like there were a whole lot of choices for back-up SS anyway.  Like him better than I do the other options (Yuni, Theriot, etc.).

JR_Tolls1
3 years 7 months ago

Nooooooooooooooo!

Sincerely,

Braves Fans

Colin Christopher
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t love it either, but he’s a good glove and he only costs $1M. Don’t worry, he won’t reach any of those incentives. Look at it this way…between Wilson and Pastornicky, the Braves should get at least average production from the SS position for under $1.5M total.