ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 16: Jack Wilson #1 of the Atlanta Braves fields a ball against the New York Mets at Turner Field on September 16, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Braves have released middle infielder Jack Wilson from the organization, as first reported by David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The move shows the Braves believe they don't need another middle infielder for the stretch run. With the play Paul Janish has given the club and other options internally such as Andrelton Simmons, the team should be fine.
— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) August 31, 2012
#Braves have released SS Jack Wilson
Janish has struggled at the plate and the team is essentially punting any offensive production when he's in the lineup, but he is a terrific defender at shortstop. Meanwhile, Simmons has looked line of the best defenders at the position and perhaps exceeded expectations at the plate. He is batting .296/.336/.452 this season, but is currently on the disabled list.
The 34-year-old Wilson is declining both at the plate and in the field. No longer once the defender he was, the team can't live with his black hole offensively.