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Cincinnati Reds Ship Paul Janish to Atlanta

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Paul Janish #7 of the Cincinnati Reds is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 6th inning during the game on September 25, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Scott L. HutchinsonCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2012

According to the Reds' official team website, the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms on a deal that will ship Cincinnati shortstop Paul Janish to Atlanta in exchange for righty pitching prospect Todd Redmond.

Boasting a 69-56 career record over 199 minor league appearances, Redmond was described by Reds GM Walt Jocketty as "a big, strong, durable guy" and will likely be inserted into the Triple-A Louisville starting rotation immediately.

Janish, a career Red who saw big league playing time from 2008-11, has always been regarded for his stellar defense, but has struggled mightily at the plate and failed to make Cincinnati's 2012 major league roster.

Fortunately, the move to Atlanta could present the 29-year-old shortstop with a golden opportunity, given the Braves' lack of middle infield depth.

With both Billy Hamilton and Didi Gregorius coming through the shortstop ranks in the Queen City, Janish was likely to find himself buried deep within the Cincinnati farm system for quite some time had a transaction not taken place.

While it's difficult to predict the trade's long-term impact here and now, the move seems to make sense for Cincy. Janish's role with the Reds was clearly dwindling and minor league pitching depth can never be overvalued.

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