Veteran infielder Jack Wilson, who lost his job in spring training to shortstop Brendan Ryan – then lost his spot at second base to Adam Kennedy and eventually Dustin Ackley, was traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Atlanta Braves.
The deal with send a player to be named later to Seattle.
The move spares the team a month of Wilson’s $5 million salary and spares Wilson a month of sitting on the bench in Seattle. Wilson, 33, compiled a .265 career average in Pittsburgh, then Seattle, and built his reputation with the Pirates as a slick-fielding shortstop.
With the Mariners, injury kept him off the field too often and, early this season, he pulled himself from a game in Texas, saying he felt his play at second base was hurting the team. That didn’t improve his relationship with new manager Eric Wedge or his staff.
Wilson played 62 games this season, batted .249.