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UPDATE: Cardinals add Gerald Laird as Yadier Molina’s backup

Dec 14, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Done deal. Laird gets $1 million guaranteed, plus $300,000 in incentives.

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Matthew Leach of MLB.com hasn’t been able to confirm the news yet, but Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Cardinals are close to signing veteran catcher Gerald Laird.

Laird is coming off a career-worst season in Detroit, hitting just .207 with a .567 OPS, but it’s still surprising that he wasn’t able to land somewhere that could offer more playing time.

With the Cardinals he’ll serve as Yadier Molina’s backup, which tends to be a pretty easy gig. Molina has started 136 and 130 games behind the plate in the past two seasons and has averaged 118 starts in six full seasons in St. Louis. That leaves Laird playing once or maybe twice per week, which will be a big change for a 31-year-old who’s averaged 100 starts in the past four seasons.

Laird would be replacing Jason LaRue, whose career was ended by a concussion suffered from a Johnny Cueto kick to the head.

  1. cintiphil - Dec 14, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Is this worth a comment? No difference in the pennant race at any rate.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Six-Degrees-of-Cliff-Lee

    1. The Molinas are known for catching
    2. Catching is the opposite of pitching
    3. Pitching is what campers do to tents
    4. Cliff Lee was signed and the Phillies’ fanbase collectively pitched their tent.

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