Braves Acquire Paul Janish from Reds

HOUSTON - JULY 24: Third baseman Paul Janish #7 of the Cincinnati Reds dives for a ball hit down the line but came upn short on ball hit down the line against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 24 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves acquired Paul Janish in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds, reports Mark Bowman of MLB.com:

The Braves lost their top two shortstop options to finger injuries over the past week. Rookie Andreton Simmons suffered a fractured finger Sunday and veteran backup Jack Wilson dislocated his pinkie last night.

Atlanta had Tyler Pastornicky as their starter to being the year, but later determined he did not have the skills needed to be an everyday big league shortstop. It sounds like the long-term plan is for the 22-year-old to be a utility man.

Janish's defense is highly regarded, but he has hit just .221 over 324 games in Cincinnati. The 29-year-old has spent the entire 2012 season in Triple-A, where he has hit .231 with a .722 OPS.

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution caught up with Braves general manager Frank Wren, who said Janish was " the best defensive shortstop out there that we could acquire"

The Braves gave up minor league pitcher Todd Redmond, a 27-year-old who has spent the last four seasons in Triple-A.

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Is Paul Janish the answer at shortstop for the Braves?

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