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Cubs Interested In Gerald Laird?

According to Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus, the Cubs have asked for their scouts' evaluation of Texas catcher Gerald Laird.  Laird, 27, has been a disappointment at the plate this year (.237/.296/.353).  On the other hand, he's second in baseball with a 40.8% caught stealing rate (Dave Ross is first).

A Laird acquisition would indicate a lack of faith in Jason Kendall, so it seems unlikely.  The Cubs will probably give Kendall a fair shake.  Laird would probably only become available if the Rangers acquired Jarrod Saltalamacchia first, anyway.

Hey, Cubs!  Give Geovany Soto an extended look!  He's not too bad.



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