In case you haven’t noticed, waiver trades aren’t nearly as interesting or exciting as their counterparts that take place in mid-to-late July. Exhibit A:
According to the Mariners’ official Twitter feed, veteran infielder Jack Wilson was dealt to the Braves late Thursday for a player to be named later.
Wilson has hit just .249/.283/.295 in 187 plate appearances this season and hasn’t homered since 2009, but he’s capable of playing above-average defense at a variety of infield positions and might be a useful bench piece down the stretch for Atlanta.
In fact, we may as well label him now as Dan Uggla’s personal late-innings defensive replacement.
Wilson played 45 games at second base, 13 games at shortstop and one full game at the hot corner this year for the last-place Mariners. He’s joining a team that leads the National League Wild Card by a healthy margin and will be looking to appear in a postseason game for the first time in his 11-year MLB career.
Wilson is currently on the disabled list with a bruised heel but should be ready to rock soon.