Braves sign Gerald Laird to two year deal

The Atlanta Braves have wasted little time in finding a replacement to fill the role of backup catcher. Gerald Laird will take over the position formerly cocupied by David Ross. Ross signed with the Boston Red Sox earlier this offseason.

Like Ross, the Braves have gotten themselves a pretty good backup behind the plate. Laird should prove to be a serviceable bat when he replaces Brian McCann in the lineup.

Last season Laird batted .282/.337/.374 over 191 appearances at the plate for the Detroit Tigers. During his 10 year career, Laird has played for Texas, Detroit and St. Louis.

The Braves are now likely to turn their focus to the outfield where they have two holes to fill. With Michael Bourn becoming a free agent and Martin Prado moving to third base (Chipper Jones retirement) the Braves will have to act fact to find productive players on the open market.


  1. Well that is a start and they don’t need to stand around like they did untill all the good players are gone. I have a Big Fan of The Braves and I keep up with them. I have watched some of their batting and can tell you whats wrong. I keep up with their Home Runs and the Pitchers to Sometimes I do say the Manager leaves the starter in to long. It wouldn’t hurt to add more than one middle reliefs either.


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