Infielder Jack Wilson is returning to the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1 million US, the team announced Friday.
Wilson, who also can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses, gives the Braves a veteran to pair with 22-year-old rookie Tyler Pastornicky, who is expected to take over as starting shortstop after Alex Gonzalez signed with Milwaukee.
Pastornicky was acquired from Toronto on July 14, 2010 when the Blue Jays sent him, Gonzalez and left-handed pitcher Tim Collins to Atlanta for shortstop Yunel Escobar.
The 34-year-old Wilson was acquired from Seattle last season just before the trade deadline.
The 10-year veteran combined to hit .243 in 79 games with 11 runs batted in while making $5 million.
Pastornicky spent most of 2011 with AA Mississippi before a promotion to AAA Gwinnett.
He hit .314 with seven homers, 45 RBIs and 27 stolen bases and spent the final day of the season on the big league roster.