The Atlanta Braves finally made a splash in the free agent market on Friday, as they resigned shortstop Jack Wilson to a one year deal worth $1 million. The deal included incentives that could push the total of the contract to approximately $1.5 million based on plate appearances.
Bringing back Wilson filled the one certain lineup hole that the Braves potentially had on their team. They needed a backup shortstop. They are moving toward Spring Training with the intention on allowing 22-year old, Tyler Pastornicky, have the opportunity to win the starting SS job. Wilson was needed for his defense, leadership and his ability to work with Pastornicky and back him up.
They had been rumored to be seeking a potential outfield bat, but this seems to be far less of a pressing need and a possible addition to the team at this point.