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August 31, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Jack Wilson traded to Atlanta

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Well, it took until the very last day he was eligible, but the Mariners did indeed trade shortstop Jack Wilson to the Atlanta Braves tonight for a player to be named later.
Wilson, 33, is on the 15-day DL but had played quite well this month leading up to that.
The Mariners were paying Wilson $5 million this season, so they save $833,000 with this move.


Wilson first arrived here two years ago last month in a trade that also brought pitcher Ian Snell to Seattle in exchange for Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeno and three minor leaguers — one of which, Nathan Adcock, is pitching in the majors.
The M’s had high hopes for Wilson, but his time in Seattle will be remembered best for his DL stints. Wilson never seemed to get healthy for the team and then, this season, when he arrived in camp in the best shape of his career, he was beaten out for the shortstop job by Brendan Ryan.
Wilson transitioned over to second base, got benched in April after he expressed doubts about his ability to handle the position, then gradually lost his job once Dustin Ackley was ready to be called up.
The veteran infielder returns to the NL, where he enjoyed longtime success with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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