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ANTA -- The Braves satisfied their need for a shortstop by acquiring Paul Janish from the Reds on Saturday in exchange for right-hander Todd Redmond.
With Andrelton Simmons expected to miss at least six weeks with a fractured right pinky finger, the Braves have spent the past week attempting to land a shortstop. Janish provides them a solid defender who has showed some flashes of offensive potential.
"In evaluating after Simmons was hurt, and talking with our scouts, we thought Janish was the best defensive shortstop out there that we could acquire," said general manager Frank Wren, who added that the Braves were one of three teams in the bidding for the 29-year-old. "He was the No. 1 guy on our list. He did a great job for Cincinnati last year in 80 games at short and 20-something games the year before. He's a proven defensive talent, and we felt like for our club that was the most important aspect of the acquisition."
Janish has batted .237 with a .332 on-base percentage in 49 games with Triple-A Louisville this year. He has not played in the Majors since batting .214 with a .259 on-base percentage and .262 slugging percentage in 114 games with the Reds last year.
In 221 games at the big league level, Janish has batted .221, with a .591 OPS.
The Braves will now rely on Janish at shortstop until the sure-handed Simmons returns. Jack Wilson dislocated his right pinky on Friday night and was placed on the disabled list following Saturday's win over the Mets.
With Wilson unavailable on Saturday, Martin Prado made his second career start at shortstop, the other coming on May 4, 2008.
Wren said that the Braves had been in talks with several teams since early in the week, even before Wilson was hurt, but circumstances made Janish, who is a three-year player, their top priority.
"We were the pursuers, so you can't necessarily dictate the timetable. They had other clubs," Wren said. "We had a list of like three or four guys that we were inquiring about, but he was our No. 1 guy for sure. He was the guy our Major League scouts and the defensive matrix, every aspect of it, showed he was the best guy."
Redmond, 27, has gone 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett, where he has been since the start of the 2009 season. He was named Southern League Pitcher of the Year in 2008 after going 13-5 with a 3.82 ERA for Double-A Mississippi. Wren said the Braves will wait until Janish arrives on Sunday morning before making any kind of roster move.