ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 8: Jack Wilson #2 of the Seattle Mariners dives short for the ball against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 8, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Braves and free agent shortstop Jack Wilson have agreed to one-year Major League contract, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Wilson will receive a $1 million base salary and there are incentives worth an additional $500K that could bump the overall payout to $1.5 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Wilson, 34, spent last season with the Seattle Mariners. Generally an all-glove/no-bat shortstop for most of his career, he especially struggled in 232 PA's in 2011, posting a .243/.274/.285 line with Seattle. He still grades out as an above-average defender, but at this point he's little more than a defensive replacement and emergency back-up.
In Atlanta, Wilson will presumably fill the role of back-up to rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky. Pastornicky, 22, was acquired from Toronto in the Yunel Escobar trade and spent the 2011 season split between Double-A and Triple-A. In 512 plate appearances between the two levels, Pastornicky hit .314/.359/.414 with 27 stolen bases.