Short On Shortstops, Braves Trade For Reds' Janish

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The Deal
With two ailing shortstops and a third in an offensive tailspin, the Braves dealt Triple-A righty Todd Redmond to the Reds for veteran gloveman Paul Janish, a 29-year-old who has started 204 games at shortstop in the big leagues. Janish has spent the entire season with Triple-A Louisville after losing his roster spot to rookie Zack Cozart and veteran utilityman Wilson Valdez this spring. He has one minor league option remaining after this season.

The Braves glimpsed the future when they called up shortstop prospect Andrelton Simmons from Double-A in June. The 22-year-old batted .296/.336/.452 and played stellar defense in 33 games for Atlanta, but unfortunately he broke his pinky finger in the final game of the first half. Backup Jack Wilson suffered a hand injury in the first game of the second half, leaving only 22-year-old rookie Tyler Pastornicky, who batted .221 (17-for-77) since May 3 and ceded playing time to Simmons.
Reds Acquire
Todd Redmond, rhp
Age: 27. Born: May 17, 1985 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 215.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC.
Career Transactions: Selected by Pirates in 39th round of 2004 draft; signed June 4, 2005 ... Traded by Pirates to Braves for RHP Tyler Yates, March 25, 2008.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Gwinnett (IL) AAA 6 6 3.58 18 18 0 106 107 50 42 11 28 96 1.27

Redmond pitched his way back onto the Braves' 40-man roster following his 2011 season with Triple-A Gwinnett, in which he went 10-8, 2.92 with a 1.17 WHIP and 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He led the International League with 169 2/3 innings while finishing third in the ERA race. He had enjoyed similar success with Gwinnett this season prior to the trade. Redmond has a starter's arsenal with a fastball, slider and changeup, though they're fringe-average pitches in scouting terms, and he tends toward the flyball side of the equation. The Reds hold one more minor league option on him for 2013, when he'll compete for the No. 5 starter job or provide depth at Triple-A Louisville.
Braves Acquire
Paul Janish, ss
Age: 29. Born: Oct 12, 1982 in Houston.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 200.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Rice.
Career Transactions: Selected by Reds in fifth round of 2004 draft; signed June 16, 2004.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Louisville (AAA) AAA .237 49 169 27 40 12 1 4 11 20 26 0 .332 .391

Despite a sterling defensive reputation* and the ability to play any infield position, Janish has managed an adjusted OPS about 41 percent worse than the National League average for his career. That ranks him fourth from the bottom among all players with at least 900 plate appearances since 2008. As such, he lost his spot on the Reds roster this season, but that doesn't mean he's incapable of filling a stopgap or utility role on a contender.

*According to calculations by Baseball-Reference, Janish ranks 10th among all major league shortstops in defensive runs saved since 2008, a startling accomplishment given that 1) he hasn't played in the majors this season, and 2) he has significantly less playing time than his shortstop contemporaries.

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