Jack Wilson To Retire

Shortstop Jack Wilson will retire following a 12-year MLB career, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Wilson, 34, decided along with his family that the 2012 season would be his final one in the Major Leagues.

Wilson signed a one-year, $1MM contract with Atlanta before the 2012 season and appeared in 40 games. The Braves released him in August after he spent much of the summer on the disabled list with a dislocated finger.

The Cardinals selected Wilson in the ninth round of the 1998 draft and traded him to Pittsburgh two years later. Wilson spent nine years with the Pirates before they dealt him to Seattle midway through the 2009 season. Though Wilson was known for his strong defensive play, he won a Silver Slugger in 2004, the same year he made his lone All-Star appearance. He earned more than $40MM in his career, according to Baseball-Reference. Wilson told Kovacevic he'll be staying in touch with the Braves’ front office.

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