Tigers Agree To Sign Gerald Laird

FRIDAY: The Tigers announced the deal. It's a one-year contract for $1MM, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

THURSDAY: The Tigers and Gerald Laird have agreed to a one-year contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The deal is still pending a physical.

Laird, 32, spent the 2009-2010 seasons in Detroit after coming over in a trade with the Rangers. He hit just .232/.302/.358 in 108 plate appearances with the World Series Champion Cardinals this past season, throwing out just four of 20 attempted basestealers. The move allows the Tigers to use Victor Martinez as a full-time DH.


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67 Comments on "Tigers Agree To Sign Gerald Laird"


Eduardo Medina
3 years 9 months ago

Don´t like this move

diesel2410
3 years 9 months ago

LOL!

serendipetey
3 years 9 months ago

The only way this is a good move is if the Tigers let pitchers bat and DH for Laird instead.

Nathan Fenstemaker
3 years 9 months ago

Hooray….the 3-fingered assassin returns.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

NO!!!!! Jelly Belly why you leaving the Cards? Now how are we suppose to defend our championship!?!?!

3 years 9 months ago

I agree. It dampened the chances of a potential repeat. But we WILL prevail!

Joey
3 years 9 months ago

I can only remember Laird’s game 163 performance..0/6 and like 10 LOB..I pray Avila doesn’t get hurt.

vr67
3 years 9 months ago

I think I just puked….

Rick Garcia
3 years 9 months ago

Don’t like this move. Avila needs to stay healthy.

3 years 9 months ago

I like the move. They need someone and wouldn’t overpay for a backup catcher who  will probably play less than most backup catchers Avila is still an iron man and Laird knows the pitchers plus he gets raves for his clubhouse temperament. Even though Sean Casey was a mid level 1st basemen for the Tigers, Jason Grilli said the ’07 Tigers weren’t the same as the ones who had the ’06 magic because Casey’s personality stabilized the mood amongst players. Laird may not have that much of a transcendent impact, but Tigers know him and trust him. 

Evan
3 years 9 months ago

he better throw out better than 20% of the runners in 2012 – that’s for F*&# sure!

Eduardo Medina
3 years 9 months ago

I think these were the runners Laird throw out in 2011: King Kong, Godzilla and Homer Simpson

3 years 9 months ago

No, Godzilla got under the tag.

mikeindcarea
3 years 9 months ago

I haven’t seen Laird catch a game since he left detroit, but I hope he’s mastered the throw back to pitcher.  I mean, without the pump fakes…

Mikey94z28
3 years 9 months ago

Sweet now maybe the cardinals can play “name that Molina” and get Jose for a back up.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Cruz.

3 years 9 months ago

No, Tony will be the back-up. Cruz. Tony Cruz.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

haha what?

bigpat
3 years 9 months ago

Mr Potato Head is back

Evan
3 years 9 months ago

hopefully he brings his “arm part”

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

“Hey guys, check out this cool ring I got from the Cardinals”

DK_hits_20
3 years 9 months ago

Oh good. I missed all his pop-ups and dugout fights.

Ben Roth
3 years 9 months ago

Wow this sucks

3 years 9 months ago

what happens if Yadi get hurt? Is Matheny going to go out there and catch? 

Redbirds16
3 years 9 months ago

An interesting possibility, actually. Probably means the Cards won’t need to carry 3 catchers for the next few years…

Ah yes, but Tony Cruz will be the backup.

verlander
3 years 9 months ago

Really now? Laird? We couldn’t have done better than Laird?

Pawsdeep
3 years 9 months ago

As a dirt cheap backup(which I assume he will be), no they couldn’t. He’ll do just fine once every 5 games.

verlander
3 years 9 months ago

I was hoping for Kelly Shoppach.

Look, I understand he’ll probably only play 30, 40 games at most.

But it’s Gerald Laird.

Pawsdeep
3 years 9 months ago

I know, I know…but considering his salary last year was 1 mil, and he didn’t exactly do anything to help his stock, so he’s gonna be cheap. 1 mil is worth not killing avilla, and you won’t be sacrificing any defense with G$ in the game. This was a smart signing.

verlander
3 years 9 months ago

FWIW, Laird’s defense wasn’t that good last year. Slightly below average.

Jay
3 years 9 months ago

This must have been a personal request from Jim Leyland. Hope we got him dirt-cheap, and put him on a diet. Pretty amazing that he was able to get in 108 plate appearances in the post-season, too.

gtl11
3 years 9 months ago

That was definitely a typo. I’m sure he meant this “past” season. Yadi caught every single game of the postseason. Laird may have gotten 1 or 2 PAs as a pinch hitter.

Evan
3 years 9 months ago

actually, that was 108 bags of sunflower seeds gerald ate during the playoffs

weaselpuppy
3 years 9 months ago

Joe Dumars better tell his unemployed crew to keep their wives at home, or Team Laird will start it all up in a new city…

Evan
3 years 9 months ago

can you explain that better sir, sounds interesting!

Pawsdeep
3 years 9 months ago

Google ‘Gerald Laird Phoenix Suns’ and all will be explained.

pmc765
3 years 9 months ago

Amazing that G Money is still in the bigs, but think about it. How many legit catchers are there? Twelve? It therefore follows that nobody’s back up is any good. If he stands in the right handed batters box, can assume the position, stop a reasonable portion of pitches in the dirt, hit .200 without power and throw out the occasional base stealer, he’s no worse than anybody else. Did Jose Molina get too fat to play? Did Kelly Shoppach want $3M? Neither one of them are great either.

The alternative is to use a minor leaguer who would hit .100, not block balls in the dirt, not throw anybody out. Given the minimum is $400K, if you give G Money $1M (I’m betting that’s the number) it’s really nothing. Wish Victor could still squat, though….that would be a huge advantage on all competition.

MattCMoore
3 years 9 months ago

The alternative is not having to look at Laird for 162 games… I hope he just stays in the clubhouse sometimes…

3 years 9 months ago

Are you sure the cardboard cutout wasn’t available? He would have made such a nicer backup, even if he can’t hold a bat!

JP27
3 years 9 months ago

I would feel more comfortable with Kelly being our backup catcher even though that would never happen

John Bowman
3 years 9 months ago

Sure, but there are two points to consider:
1. Shoppach is in line for quite a bit more money than Laird.
2. Shoppach may not be interested in backing up Avila, who started 130 games last season.

threeeds
3 years 9 months ago

I get the feeling he was talking about Don Kelly.