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Braves sign catcher Gerald Laird to two-year deal

Nov 15, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

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UPDATE: No word yet on the money, but Laird’s deal with the Braves is for two seasons after Ross got a two-year, $6.2 million deal from the Red Sox.


After losing David Ross to the Red Sox the Braves are close to signing Gerald Laird as his replacement, according to Mark Bowman of

Laird, like Ross, is a longtime backup catcher, but he also represents a huge dropoff behind starter Brian McCann.

During the past three seasons Ross hit .267 with a .795 OPS in 173 games while throwing out 37 percent of steal attempts. During that same time Laird hit .236 with a .630 OPS in 189 games while throwing out 28 percent of steal attempts.

Atlanta is losing something in the Ross-for-Laird swap both offensively and defensively, and considering McCann’s uncertain health status coming back from shoulder surgery that could become a pretty big deal. They’ll save some money, though.

  1. darthicarus - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Sort of odd that Laird went to Atlanta as his reason for leaving Detroit was he wanted more playing time possibly as a starter…though I guess with McCann’s recent history that might be what triggered Laird to head to Atlanta.

  2. historiophiliac - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Oh, God, this off-season is turning out to be fun for this Tiger fan.

  3. tigers182 - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Lame. Laird is a valuable #2 catcher. Idk what he’s signing for, but I’m sure the Tigers could have offered it.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Dude, he said he wanted more playing time, so they told him to look elsewhere.

  4. drkincaid - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Gerbil Laird

  5. greymares - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    I understand the necessary Marlin talk, but enough of this Brave stuff lets get back to the Philly banter.

  6. xjokerz - Nov 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    get him off my Tigers team

  7. denny65 - Nov 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Something tells me we’re going to soon be reading a press release that Ms cast-off catcher Miggy Olivio has been signed somewhere.

  8. cltjump - Nov 15, 2012 at 9:48 PM


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